Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Committee Director

Xiaoxiao Hu

Committee Member

Debra A. Major

Committee Member

Xiaohong (Violet) Xu

Abstract

Few organizational researchers have considered examining gratitude or pride—much less both simultaneously. In the present study, two complementary emotion theories (i.e., affective events theory and broaden-and-build theory) are integrated in an examination of the prosocial consequences of supervisors’ gratitude expression, employees’ authentic and hubristic pride experiences, and employees’ narcissism in a large construction company in China. Results from the analyses of the moderated mediation model pathways indicated that most of the proposed relationships were nonsignificant. Supervisors’ gratitude expression predicted employees’ organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) but did not predict employees’ authentic or hubristic pride. Employees’ hubristic pride—but not authentic pride—predicted employees’ OCB, but neither authentic nor hubristic pride mediated the relationship between supervisors’ gratitude expression and employees’ OCB. Additionally, employees’ narcissism did not function as a moderator variable in the moderated mediation model. Theoretical and practical implications and future directions are discussed.

DOI

10.25777/74b1-e417

ISBN

9780438496279

ORCID

0000-0003-1141-4631

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