Linking perceived overqualification with task performance and proactivity? An examination from self-concept-based perspective

Chao Ma, Xiaoshuang Lin, Zhen Xiong George Chen, Wu Wei

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Abstract

Drawing from self-concept-based theory of work motivation, the present study sought to investigate the positive effect of perceived overqualification on employee outcomes via work engagement under the boundary conditions of empowering leadership and felt role clarity. We tested our hypotheses with a multi-source and multi-wave survey using a sample of 351 industrial employees from China. The results revealed a significant three-way interaction effect on work engagement (i.e., the interaction among the three variables of perceived overqualification, empowering leadership, and felt role clarity). Further, work engagement was found to positively mediate the relationship between the above three-way interaction effect and the employee outcomes of task performance and proactivity. The findings supported the study’s theoretical reasoning that perceived overqualification was positively related to employees’ behavioral outcomes via work engagement in the workplace under the boundary conditions we examined. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-209
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume118
Early online date2 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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