T. K. Peng and Mark F. Peterson contributed equally to the preparation of the paper.
Nation, demographic, and attitudinal boundary conditions on leader social rewards and punishments in local governments†
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 95–117, January 2008
How to Cite
Peng, T. K. and Peterson, M. F. (2008), Nation, demographic, and attitudinal boundary conditions on leader social rewards and punishments in local governments. J. Organiz. Behav., 29: 95–117. doi: 10.1002/job.483
- Issue published online: 30 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 6 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Received: 22 JAN 2004
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Boundary conditions on the relationships of contingent rewards and noncontingent punishments with evaluated performance and satisfaction are sought for supervisory and professional staff in local governments in the United States and Japan. Subgroup differences in tolerance for noncontingent punishment are reflected in mean differences in its use between nations (more reported in Japan), genders (less reported by women), and regions of the United States. The effects of noncontingent punishment on outcomes were not found for U.S. police sergeants. Evidence for a national contingency is reflected in the finding that the relationship of noncontingent punishments (but not contingent rewards) with cooperation, individual effectiveness, and satisfaction was stronger in the United States than in Japan. The study adds caution to the culture-free and contingency-free application of the theory of performance-contingent rewards and punishments. Implications for the theory of social rewards and punishments and for the contingencies and criteria considered in leadership research, particularly cross-cultural leadership research, are addressed. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.