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The Mediated Relationship of Leadership on Job Insecurity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology. North-West University, ZA.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian journal of work and organizational psychology, E-ISSN 2002-2867, Vol. 3, no 1, article id 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Job insecurity is a predominant work stressor that has negative effects for individuals and organizations. The purpose of this study is to enhance the understanding of the effect of organizational management, more specifically of production- and employee-oriented leadership, on job insecurity. Moreover, two potential mediators of leadership—goal clarity and trust—are investigated. Cross-sectional questionnaire data (n = 1329) from an acute care hospital in Sweden was used. Both leadership styles were negatively associated with job insecurity. In addition, production-oriented and employee-oriented leadership had indirect effects on job insecurity. More specifically, we found goal clarity to be the prominent mediator of the relation between production-oriented leadership and job insecurity. Organizational actions such as leadership are important for working preventively with job insecurity. It is the mechanisms of leadership that may reduce job insecurity. This is the first study to show how leadership styles may influence employees’ perceptions of job insecurity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 3, no 1, article id 2
Keywords [en]
employee-oriented leadership, goal clarity, job insecurity, production-oriented leadership, trust, leadership
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163979DOI: 10.16993/sjwop.43OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163979DiVA, id: diva2:1277481
Note

This research was supported by a grant from AFA Insurance (STI 1206), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) (2012-0947, 2014-0739, 2012-1228 and 2000-0266) and Stockholm County Council (Ld 101/02).

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