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Perceived overqualification and counterproductive work behavior: testing the mediating role of relative deprivation and the moderating role of ambition

Perceived overqualification and counterproductive work behavior: testing the mediating role of... The purpose of this study was to test the mediating role of relative deprivation in the relationship between perceived overqualification and counterproductive work behavior. In addition to testing this mediation, the authors posited that ambition would interact with perceived overqualification to predict relative deprivation and, through it, counterproductive work behavior.Design/methodology/approachSurvey data collected from 181 employees were analyzed using the SPSS macro PROCESS to test the proposed moderated mediation model.FindingsResults indicated that perceived overqualification positively associated with perceptions of relative deprivation, which were, in turn, positively related to counterproductive work behavior. This indirect relationship gained in strength with increasing levels of ambition.Originality/valueBy modeling and measuring relative deprivation, this study offers a direct test of the often-invoked relative deprivation explanation of the implications of perceived overqualification for counterproductive work behavior. The study also shows how ambition can have unintended consequences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Review Emerald Publishing

Perceived overqualification and counterproductive work behavior: testing the mediating role of relative deprivation and the moderating role of ambition

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0048-3486
DOI
10.1108/pr-05-2019-0237
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the mediating role of relative deprivation in the relationship between perceived overqualification and counterproductive work behavior. In addition to testing this mediation, the authors posited that ambition would interact with perceived overqualification to predict relative deprivation and, through it, counterproductive work behavior.Design/methodology/approachSurvey data collected from 181 employees were analyzed using the SPSS macro PROCESS to test the proposed moderated mediation model.FindingsResults indicated that perceived overqualification positively associated with perceptions of relative deprivation, which were, in turn, positively related to counterproductive work behavior. This indirect relationship gained in strength with increasing levels of ambition.Originality/valueBy modeling and measuring relative deprivation, this study offers a direct test of the often-invoked relative deprivation explanation of the implications of perceived overqualification for counterproductive work behavior. The study also shows how ambition can have unintended consequences.

Journal

Personnel ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 10, 2021

Keywords: Perceived overqualification; Counterproductive work behavior; Relative deprivation; Ambition

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