The authors express their gratitude to the German Research Foundation (DFG), which supported this research (Az: Bl 385, 6-2).
A Predictive Investigation of Reputation as Mediator of the Political-Skill/Career-Success Relationship1
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 12, pages 3026–3048, December 2011
How to Cite
BLICKLE, G., SCHNEIDER, P. B., LIU, Y. and FERRIS, G. R. (2011), A Predictive Investigation of Reputation as Mediator of the Political-Skill/Career-Success Relationship. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 3026–3048. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00862.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2011
Career success is determined by a number of factors, including some combination of specific competencies and a performance record, along with network development, organizational politics, and reputation building. Theory and research suggest that employees' political skill predicts their career success, and that this relationship is mediated by employees' reputation in the workplace. These hypotheses were tested in a predictive study, collecting 2 waves of data from 135 career employees, covering a 1-year timeframe. Political skill at Time 1 predicted hierarchical position, income, and career satisfaction at Time 2. Furthermore, reputation mediated the relationships between political skill, hierarchical position, and career satisfaction. Contributions, implications, limitations, strengths, and future research directions are discussed.