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Manager Characteristics and Employee Job Insecurity around a Merger Announcement: The Role of Status and Crossover
The Sociological Quarterly
  • Jack Lam, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Kimberly Fox, Bridgewater State University
  • Wen Fan, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Erin Kelly, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Leslie Hammer, Portland State University
  • Ellen Ernst Kossek, Purdue University
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Document Type
Article
Disciplines
Abstract

Most existing research theorizes individual factors as predictors of perceived job insecurity. Incorporating contextual and organizational factors at an information technology organization where a merger was announced during data collection, we draw on status expectations and crossover theories to investigate whether managers' characteristics and insecurity shape their employees' job insecurity. We find having an Asian as opposed to a White manager is associated with lower job insecurity, whereas managers' own insecurity positively predicts employees' insecurity. Also contingent on the organizational climate, managers' own tenure buffers, and managers' perceived job insecurity magnifies insecurity of employees interviewed after a merger announcement, further specifying status expectations theory by considering context.

Original Citation

Lam, J., Fox, K., Fan, W., Moen, P., Kelly, E., Hammer, L. and Kossek, E. E. (2015). Manager Characteristics and Employee Job Insecurity around a Merger Announcement: The Role of Status and Crossover. The Sociological Quarterly. 56(3), 558-580. doi: 10.1111/tsq.12092.

Identifier

doi: 10.1111/tsq.12092

Citation Information
Jack Lam, Kimberly Fox, Wen Fan, Phyllis Moen, et al.. "Manager Characteristics and Employee Job Insecurity around a Merger Announcement: The Role of Status and Crossover" The Sociological Quarterly (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leslie_hammer/12/