Department of Organizational Behavior
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
3:00 – 5:00pm in PBL Room 121
TITLE: INTENTIONALITY IN WORKPLACE RELATIONSHIPS: THE ROLE OF WORKPLACE RELATIONAL SELF EFFICACY
In this dissertation, I build theory to support the introduction of a new construct – workplace relational self-efficacy – defined as a person’s belief in their ability to initiate, develop, and maintain desired workplace relationships. Across a series of four field studies, I develop and validate an 8-item scale to measure workplace relational self-efficacy. In Study 1 I use interview data to guide the development of a comprehensive item pool. In Study 2 I assess the items in the item pool for content adequacy relative to generalized self-efficacy and social self-efficacy. Study 3 further reduces the item pool using exploratory factor analysis. Additionally, I examine the psychometric structure of the proposed scale, including the assessment of convergent and discriminant validity, with hypothesized related constructs. Finally, in Study 4, I assess the concurrent and predictive validity of workplace relational self-efficacy using self- and supervisor-report data collected across three time points. As hypothesized, extraversion, proactive personality, optimism, and three facets of political skill significantly predicted workplace relational self-efficacy. Further, workplace relational self-efficacy significantly predicted workplace loneliness and workplace relationship satisfaction when controlling for the influence of a number of other variables such as political skill. Implications for research, practice, and future research are discussed.
Richard Boyatzis (Chair)
Lila E. Robinson, Department Administrator, Organizational Behavior
Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
10900 Euclid Ave, Peter B. Lewis Bldg #4
29, Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
||Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
||Peter B. Lewis Building Rppm 121
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
||Speaker(s): Kylie Rochford
||Sponsored by: Organizational Behavior
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