Title: The Chinese supervisor's perspective of receiving unsolicited subordinate helping behaviour: a theoretical analysis

Authors: Shih Yung Chou; Tree Chang

Addresses: Dillard College of Business Administration, Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308, USA ' The Department of Digital Media, Tatung Institute of Technology, 253 Mi-Tuo Road, Chiayi City, 60005, Taiwan

Abstract: The influence of leader-member exchange (LMX) on subordinate helping behaviour in Chinese organisations has been investigated extensively. It is, however, unfortunate that little is known about how Chinese supervisors view subordinate helping behaviour when such behaviour is directed to them without their solicitation. Given this, we attempt to develop a theoretical model describing the consequences of unsolicited subordinate helping behaviour directed to the supervisor experienced by Chinese supervisor. In particular, we propose that unsolicited subordinate helping behaviour can result in loss of mianzi, perceived relationship conflict, and low-quality LMX experienced by Chinese supervisors. By filling this research gap, this study provides important insights into understanding subordinate helping behaviour directed to the supervisor in Chinese organisations.

Keywords: unsolicited subordinate helping behaviour; leader-member exchange; LMX; mianzi; relationship conflict.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCP.2017.10007602

International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 2017 Vol.10 No.4, pp.445 - 462

Received: 20 Feb 2017
Accepted: 14 Apr 2017

Published online: 11 Oct 2017 *

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