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Volume 27 Issue 8 (December 2006), Pages 1031-1154, i-iii

The impact of subordinate–supervisor similarity in growth‐need strength on work outcomes: the mediating role of perceived similarity (pages 1121-1148)

Abstract

Based on data collected from 205 vertical dyads, we found that subordinate–supervisor similarity in their self‐reported growth‐need strength (GNS) had a positive effect on subordinate‐perceived and supervisor‐perceived global similarity. The findings also suggested that subordinate‐perceived global similarity mediates the link between similarity in GNS and subordinate's trust in and loyalty to supervisor; whereas supervisor‐perceived global similarity mediates the link between similarity in GNS and supervisor‐rated in‐role/extra‐role performances. In addition, we found that subordinate–supervisor similarity in self‐reported GNS and perceived global similarity had independent effects on work outcomes for both subordinates and supervisors. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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