A test of coworkers' influence on organizational cynicism, badmouthing, and organizational citizenship behavior

James M. Wilkerson, W. Randy Evans, Walter D. Davis

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Abstract

Basing hypotheses on social information processing theory, we tested for evidence of coworkers' social influence on employees' organizational cynicism, badmouthing, and supervisor assessments of employees' organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). A significant positive relationship was found between (a) close coworkers' badmouthing behavior and focal employee organizational cynicism; and (b) focal employee organizational cynicism and focal employee badmouthing behavior. A hypothesized negative relationship between organizational cynicism and OCB was not supported. Future research directions are also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2273-2292
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume38
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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