Committee Chair

O'Leary, Brian J.

Committee Member

Cunningham, Christopher J. L.; Biderman, Michael D.

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Support relationships within organizations have been the subject of numerous empirical studies. Much of this research has focused on the influence of perceived organizational support and perceived supervisor support and their effects on subordinates. To date, however, no research has focused on how supervisors are influenced by their beliefs about support from their subordinates. I define perceived subordinate support (PSubS) as the extent to which a supervisor feels subordinates are concerned with the supervisor's well-being and value the supervisor as a leader. Previous research suggests that subordinates’ opinions and behaviors do influence supervisor behavior. In the present study, a measure of PSubS and a measure of supervisor self-efficacy (SSE) were created and administered along with Eisenberger et al.’s (1986) measure of perceived organizational support (POS) to two samples of supervisors. The two new measures were validated using principle components factor analysis. The results indicated that PSubS is a unique construct distinct from POS and SSE. Implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2010

Subject

Work -- Psychological aspects

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

iv, 35 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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