Envy Influences Interpersonal Dynamics and Team Performance: Roles of Gender Congruence and Collective Team Identification
This work was supported by the BK21 FOUR (Fostering Outstanding Universities for Research) in 2022, Yonsei University’s Signature Research Cluster Program (2022-22-0007), Yonsei University Research Fund(2020-22-0039), Yonsei Business Research Institute, SHRM Foundation Dissertation Grant, the SIOP GraduateStudent Scholarship, the University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and the Center for HumanResources and Labor Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Journal of Management
Our research extends past envy research by considering how envy and gender congruence shape interpersonal dynamics at the dyadic level and their bottom-up effects for team performance. Integrating social comparison theory and social identity theory, we examine when and how dyadic level envy influences team performance. Using time-lagged data from 428 dyads of 161 employees in 51 teams, our results show that envious employees are likely to engage in interpersonal deviance directed toward envied team members and that envied employees are likely to seek advice from envious team members. Gender congruence further influences these relationships, with different patterns for males and females. Specifically, while envious male employees are more likely to engage in interpersonal deviance toward envied male team members (i.e., male–male dyads), envied female team members are more likely to ask envious female employees for advice (i.e., female–female dyads). Interpersonal dynamics involving envy have performance implications, such that team performance is worse where envious employees are more likely to engage in interpersonal deviance directed toward envied team members, in comparison to teams where this relationship is weaker. Finally, collective team identification mitigates the negative effect of envious employees’ interpersonal deviance on team performance.
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Tai, K., Keem, S., Lee, K. Y., & Kim, E. (2022). Envy Influences Interpersonal Dynamics and Team Performance: Roles of Gender Congruence and Collective Team Identification. Journal of Management, 01492063221121597.