The mixed blessing of supervisor bottom-line mentality: examining the moderating role of gender

Yun Zhang, Qihai Huang, Hanjing Chen, Jun Xie

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the double-edged effects of supervisor bottom-line mentality (BLM) on subordinates' work-related behaviors (work performance and knowledge hiding) and the moderating role of subordinate gender. Design/methodology/approach: The theoretical model was tested using a sample of 218 three-wave multi-source data collected from employees of five firms in southern China. Findings: The results revealed that supervisor BLM is positively associated with subordinate BLM. Although subordinate BLM can enhance their work performance, it can also lead to knowledge hiding toward coworkers. Furthermore, these indirect effects are moderated by subordinate gender. Practical implications: Managers should pay more attention to the potential positive and negative consequences of supervisor BLM and intervene to mitigate the negative impact of BLM. Originality/value: This study is among the first to examine how supervisor BLM can be a mixed blessing and elicit both positive and negative behaviors from their subordinates. Moreover, by illuminating how subordinate gender moderates the relationship between supervisor BLM and subordinates' work-related behaviors, we enrich and extend the BLM literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153-1167
Number of pages15
JournalLeadership and Organization Development Journal
Issue number8
Early online date6 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2021


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