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Organizational Citizenship Behaviour as a Potential Source of Social Power

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 45 Issue 3

Published: 2010
Author(s) Name: Ajay K. Jain
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Abstract

This paper explores the strength of association between Organizational Citizenship Behaviour (OCB) and social power by using OCB as an antecedent and the several bases of social power as criterion variables. Data were collected by administering questionnaires to male middle level executives (N = 250) from motor cycle manufacturing organisations based in India. Based on a stepwise multiple regression analysis, OCB was found to be positively associated with Referent, Expert, and Intra-Work Reward forms of social power. Conversely, OCB had a negative effect on Coercive and Legitimate Power. The implications of the results are discussed in relation to the potential benefits of increasing emphasis on OCB by supervisors as part of their managerial style in order to improve his personal effectiveness.

Keywords : Organizational citizen behaviour, Social power

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