Stimulating employees' feedback-seeking behavior: The role of participative decision making

Xiaoyan Li1, Jing Qian2
1School of Business, Jiangxi Normal University, People’s Republic of China
2Business School, Beijing Normal University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Li, X., & Qian, J. (2016). Stimulating employees' feedback-seeking behavior: The role of participative decision making. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 44(1), 1-8.

Volume 44 Issue 1 | e4817 | Published: February 2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2016.44.1.1

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Drawing upon psychological ownership theory, we examined the link between participative decision making and employees’ feedback seeking from supervisors, by focusing on the mediating role of job-based psychological ownership. Analysis of data from 248 subordinate–supervisor dyads employed at 2 hotels in China showed that participative decision making was positively associated with employees seeking feedback from supervisors, and the relationship was mediated by job-based psychological ownership. In sum, our results suggest that participative decision making can serve as a managerial tool to stimulate, encourage, and foster employees’ feedback-seeking behavior, and that the development of job-based psychological ownership can help with this process.

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