Significant work events and counterproductive work behavior: the role of fairness, emotions, and emotion regulation

Matta, Fadel K., Erol-Korkmaz, H. Tugba, Johnson, Russell E. and Biçaksiz, Pinar 2014, Significant work events and counterproductive work behavior: the role of fairness, emotions, and emotion regulation, Journal of organizational behavior, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 920-944, doi: 10.1002/job.1934.

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Title Significant work events and counterproductive work behavior: the role of fairness, emotions, and emotion regulation
Author(s) Matta, Fadel K.
Erol-Korkmaz, H. Tugba
Johnson, Russell E.
Biçaksiz, Pinar
Journal name Journal of organizational behavior
Volume number 35
Issue number 7
Start page 920
End page 944
Total pages 25
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-10
ISSN 0894-3796
Keyword(s) counterproductive work behaviour
affective work events
organizational justice
negative emotions
emotion regulation
Summary In this diary study, we investigated multi-level predictors of daily counterproductive work behavior (CWB)relying on the theoretical frameworks of affective events theory and the emotion-centered model of CWB.We assessed significant work events, event-based fairness perceptions, negative emotional reactions to workevents, and employee CWB over a 10-day period. We tested within-person relations predicting CWB, andcross-level moderating effects of two emotion regulation strategies (suppression and reappraisal). Resultsfrom a multi-level path analysis revealed that significant work events had both direct and indirect effectson negative emotional reactions. Further, negative emotional reactions in turn mediated the relationshipsbetween significant work events and all forms of daily CWB as well as the relationship between event-basedfairness perceptions and daily CWB-O. Results also supported the moderating role of reappraisal emotionregulation strategy on relations between significant work events and negative emotional reactions. Less support,however, was found for the moderating influence of suppression on the link between negative emotionalreactions and CWB. Among the broad work event categories we identified, our supplemental analyses revealedthat negative work events involving interactions with supervisors elicited the highest levels of employee negativeemotional reactions. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/job.1934
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
1503 Business And Management
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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