Subordinate-Superior Upward Communication: Power, Politics, and Political Skill

Kumar, Kunal Kamal and Mishra, Sushanta Kumar (2017) Subordinate-Superior Upward Communication: Power, Politics, and Political Skill. Human Resource Management, 56 (6). pp. 1015-1037. ISSN 0090-4848

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A multiphase study involving 1,285 respondents was conducted to answer an important yet overlooked question: for a job requiring frequent informal communication with superiors, should an organization focus more on selecting employees with higher trait-like willingness to communicate or on providing an environment where the fl ow of communication is easy and aided? We found support for the latter. Further, we observed that subordinates alter their communication behaviors based on the perception of superior’s power, politics in the organization, and their own political skills. The study contributes to a better understanding of how situational variables affect subordinate-superior upward communication. Implications of the study are also discussed. ©  2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication; organizational politics; personality; supervisor/ subordinate relations
Subjects: General Management > Business/ Executive Communication
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management > Employee_labour Relations
Divisions: Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Ms. Sachitha R
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 10:24
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2018 13:55

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