Skip to main content
Article
Social interdependence and orientation toward life and work
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • Dean William TJOSVOLD, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Xuehuang YAN, Beijing University, China
  • David W. JOHNSON, University of Minnesota, United States
  • Roger T. JOHNSON, University of Minnesota, United States
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
2-1-2008
Disciplines
Abstract
The relationship between social interdependence and orientation toward life and work was investigated in this study. Participants were 135 dyads of Chinese employees from 4 companies. Cooperativeness was significantly related to positive indexes of orientation toward life and work, competitiveness was related to a positive orientation toward life, and a predisposition to act individualistically was related to general measures but very few of the work-specific measures. Coworkers' ratings indicate that cooperators were perceived as being very positive and productive employees, while competitors and individualists were perceived negatively in terms of work productivity and relationships with others. The discrepancy between self-perceptions and perceptions of coworkers indicate that competitors especially may have a self-beneficial delusion about the effectiveness of their behavior.
DOI
10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00311.x
E-ISSN
15591816
Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2008 Blackwell Publishing

Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version
Publisher’s Version
Citation Information
Tyosvold D., Yan, X., Johnson, D. W., & Johnson, R. T. (2008). Social interdependence and orientation toward life and work. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38(2), 409-435. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00311.x