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Narcissism and Empowerment: How Narcissism Influences the Trickle-Down Effects of Organizational Empowerment Climate on Performance

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The present study proposes a trickle-down model of employee empowerment in which empowerment climate at the organization level is positively related to the empowering leadership of team leaders and ultimately to individual task performance. Importantly, we hypothesize that team leaders' and members' narcissism can respectively inhibit and enable the cross-level empowerment process by affecting the intended distribution of decision-making authority and resources between team leaders and members. The analysis of data from 834 team members of 189 teams in 46 organizations reveals that organizational empowerment climate is positively related to team leaders' empowering leadership when they are less narcissistic. Empowering leadership is positively related to individual task performance when team members are highly narcissistic.
Finally, we observe that the combination of less narcissistic leaders and more narcissistic members is a condition under which the indirect effect of organizational empowerment climate on individual task performance through empowering leadership is positive.

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[Han, Joo Hun] Rutgers State Univ, New Brunswick, NJ USA

[Liao, Hui] Univ Maryland, College Pk, MD 20742 USA

[Kim, Seongsu] Seoul Natl Univ, Seoul, South Korea

[Han, Jian] China Europe Int Business Sch, Shanghai, Peoples R China


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Journal of Management Studies

ISSN:0022-2380

Year:2019

Issue:Early Access

Page:1-29

ESI Discipline:ECONOMICS & BUSINESS;

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