Supervisor–subordinate guanxi and job satisfaction among migrant workers in China

Li, Jie, Wang, Wangshuai, Sun, Gong, Jiang, Zhou and Cheng, Zhiming 2016, Supervisor–subordinate guanxi and job satisfaction among migrant workers in China, Social indicators research, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1007/s11205-016-1471-6.

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Title Supervisor–subordinate guanxi and job satisfaction among migrant workers in China
Author(s) Li, Jie
Wang, Wangshuai
Sun, Gong
Jiang, ZhouORCID iD for Jiang, Zhou
Cheng, Zhiming
Journal name Social indicators research
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-10-20
ISSN 0303-8300
Keyword(s) supervisor–subordinate guanxi
network resources
personal power
job satisfaction
rural–urban migrants
Summary In urban China, improving rural–urban migrant workers’ subjective wellbeinghas become an important goal for workplaces and local governments. Drawing from thesocial capital theory and using original survey data, we examine the relationship betweenmigrant workers’ guanxi (‘personal relations’ in the Chinese context) with their supervisorsand their job satisfaction. Our results show that supervisor–subordinate guanxi is positivelyrelated to migrant workers’ job satisfaction. This relationship is mediated by networkresources and personal power, which serve as their social resources in workplaces. Ourstudy contributes to the positive psychology literature by understanding the role of guanxiin shaping Chinese migrant workers’ job satisfaction. Implications and future researchdirections are discussed.
Notes In Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-016-1471-6
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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