Dimensions of role efficacy and managerial effectiveness: evidence from India

Umesh Bamel*, Pawan Budhwar, Peter Stokes, Happy Paul

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Purpose: While a range of studies have been undertaken on role efficacy (RE) and managerial effectiveness (ME), understanding of the link between RE and ME in the extant literature remains underdeveloped and, in particular, there is a need to develop appreciation of the phenomenon in varying (national and cultural) contexts. The purpose of this paper is to advance the understanding of ME by considering the relationship between RE and ME in the Indian context. In tandem with this focus, the study considers the parallel underlying dynamic and influence of social cognitive frameworks and adaptive self-regulation mechanisms. Design/methodology/approach: The study employs a quantitative methodology and follows a correlational design. A survey questionnaire was employed sequentially (the independent variable was measured at time 1 and the dependent variable was measure at time 2) in order to collect data from 294 Indian managers. Structural equation modeling was used to ascertain the validity of measures and multiple hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to test the study hypotheses. Findings: The results of the study identify that RE dimensions, i.e. role making, role centering and role linkage were significantly and positively related to ME and these findings are particularly important in relation to the transforming cultures of Indian work and organizational environments. These findings advance the understanding of social cognitive theory and adaptive self-regulation processes in relation to RE and ME. Practical implications: The empirical results of this study suggest that RE-related components may be used as means to boost employee effectiveness. Originality/value: The study identifies a significant role for RE in relation to beneficial outcomes for ME. These findings contribute to the field of social cognitive mechanisms by establishing positive relationships in domain link efficacy, i.e. RE and ME.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-237
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Organizational Effectiveness
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2017


  • Dimensions of role efficacy
  • Managerial effectiveness
  • Role centering
  • Role efficacy
  • Role linkage
  • Role making


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