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When Good Resources go Bad: The Applicability of Conservation of Resource Theory to Psychologically Entitled Employees

The Role of Individual Differences in Occupational Stress and Well Being

ISBN: 978-0-85724-711-7, eISBN: 978-0-85724-712-4

ISSN: 1479-3555

Publication date: 10 August 2011

Abstract

This chapter presents an investigation of the relationship between psychological entitlement and stress. Empirical and conceptual evidence is considered suggesting that Conservation of Resources (COR) theory may apply differently to employees with a heightened sense of entitlement. Using attribution and COR theory, a conceptual framework is offered predicting that entitlement is positively associated with subjective stress, based on the logic that psychologically entitled employees develop unjustifiably inflated levels of self-evaluative internal coping resources such as self-esteem and self-efficacy that promote unmet expectations. It is also proposed that political skill and the ability to manage perceptions of competency may attenuate this relationship. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the challenges associated with managing psychologically entitled employees.

Citation

Brouer, R.L., Wallace, A.S. and Harvey, P. (2011), "When Good Resources go Bad: The Applicability of Conservation of Resource Theory to Psychologically Entitled Employees", Perrewé, P.L. and Ganster, D.C. (Ed.) The Role of Individual Differences in Occupational Stress and Well Being (Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 109-150. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3555(2011)0000009008

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