The mediating role of intrinsic motivation on the relationship between developmental feedback and employee job performance

Yun Guo1, Jianqiao Liao1, Shudi Liao1, Yanhong Zhang1
1School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Guo, Y. , Liao, J. , Liao, S. , & Zhang, Y. (2014). The mediating role of intrinsic motivation on the relationship between developmental feedback and employee job performance. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42, 731-742.

Volume 42 Issue 5 | e3786 | Published: June 2014 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2014.42.5.731

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Although previous researchers have paid significant attention to the effect of feedback on employee behavioral outcomes, few have specifically examined the influence of developmental feedback on employee job performance. In this study we examined the influences of intrinsic motivation and social exchange on the relationship between developmental feedback and job performance. Participants were 202 supervisor-subordinate dyads from 12 enterprises in China. We found that developmental feedback had a significant positive effect on both intrinsic motivation and job performance. In addition, intrinsic motivation had a significant positive relationship with job performance but it also had a partial mediating effect on the relationship between developmental feedback and job performance. Managerial implications and directions for further research are discussed.

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