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Reducing perceptions of overqualification and its impact on job satisfaction: The dual roles of interpersonal relationships at work

Reducing perceptions of overqualification and its impact on job satisfaction: The dual roles of interpersonal relationships at work

Alfes, Kerstin, Shantz, Amanda and van Baalen, Sabine (2016) Reducing perceptions of overqualification and its impact on job satisfaction: The dual roles of interpersonal relationships at work. Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ), 26 (1). pp. 84-101. ISSN 0954-5395 (Print), 1748-8583 (Online) (doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12094)

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Abstract

A sizeable portion of the working population perceives that they are overqualified for their jobs. This is problematic given that research consistently shows that such beliefs translate into lower levels of job satisfaction. Hence it behoves human resource management scholars to identify factors that influence perceptions of overqualification, and also moderators that may reduce the negative effect of perceived overqualification on job satisfaction. In this study, we present a moderated path model that posits that the quality of the relationships that employees hold with their leader and with their team are not only antecedents of perceived overqualification, but they also are hypothesised to weaken the negative relationship between perceived overqualification and job satisfaction. Survey data that was gathered from two organisations in the Netherlands (n=183) supported the model. Implications for theory and practice in human resource management are discussed.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Alfes, K., Shantz, A., and van Baalen, S. (2016) Reducing perceptions of over qualification and its impact on job satisfaction: the dual roles of interpersonal relationships at work. Human Resource Management Journal, 26: 84–101, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1748-8583.12094/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceptions of overqualification; Job satisfaction; Leader-member exchange; Team cohesiveness
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Leadership & Organisational Behaviour Research Group (LOB)
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 14:30
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14290

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