Linking subordinate political skill to supervisor dependence and reward recommendations: a moderated mediation model

Junqi Shi, Russell E. Johnson, Yihao Liu, Mo Wang

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In this study, we examined the relations of subordinate political skill with supervisor's dependence on the subordinate and supervisor reward recommendation, as well as mediating (interaction frequency with supervisor) and moderating (supervisor political behavior) variables of these relations. Our theoretical model was tested using data collected from employees in a company that specialized in construction management. Analyses of multisource and lagged data from 53 construction management team supervisors and 296 subordinates indicated that subordinate political skill was positively related to supervisor reward recommendation via subordinate's interaction frequency with supervisor. Although interaction frequency with a supervisor was also positively related to the supervisor's dependence on the subordinate, the indirect effect of subordinate political skill on dependence was not significant. Further, both the relationship between subordinate political skill and interaction frequency with a supervisor and the indirect relationships between subordinate political skill and supervisor reward recommendation were stronger when supervisors exhibited more political behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-384
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Dependence
  • Interaction frequency
  • Political behavior
  • Political skill
  • Reward recommendation

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