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Influence of work pressure on proactive skill development in China: the role of career networking behavior and guanxi HRM

Ren, Shuang and Chadee, Doren 2017, Influence of work pressure on proactive skill development in China: the role of career networking behavior and guanxi HRM, Journal of vocational behavior, vol. 98, pp. 152-162, doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2016.11.004.

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Title Influence of work pressure on proactive skill development in China: the role of career networking behavior and guanxi HRM
Author(s) Ren, Shuang
Chadee, Doren
Journal name Journal of vocational behavior
Volume number 98
Start page 152
End page 162
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-02
ISSN 0001-8791
Keyword(s) work pressure
proactive skill development
career networking behaviour
guanxi HRM
conservation of resources
China
Summary This research examines how work pressure influences proactive skill development in the contextof the Chinese workplace. Drawing from the conservation of resources theory, we developa model which argues that career networking behavior serves as the mechanism that allowsemployees to transform work pressure into proactive skill development. We further arguethat in the context of the Chinese workplace, guanxi HRM, which is a culturally-specific workplacepractice deeply-rooted in Chinese tradition, plays a contingency role in influencing theextent to which work pressure influences career networking behavior. We test our modelusing Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling for a sample of employees (N =392) in China. The results show that career networking behavior positively mediates the influenceof work pressure on proactive skill development and that guanxi HRM positively and significantlymoderates the influence of work pressure on career networking behavior. The overallfindings provide empirical support for the relevance of contextual and motivational factors inexplaining employee proactive skill development. The theoretical and practical implicationsof the findings are fully discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2016.11.004
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
1503 Business And Management
1701 Psychology
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089682

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Management
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