Task conflict leads to relationship conflict when employees are low in trait self-control: implications for employee strain

Jimmieson, Nerina L., Tucker, Michelle K. and Campbell, Jack L. (2017) Task conflict leads to relationship conflict when employees are low in trait self-control: implications for employee strain. Personality and Individual Differences, 113 209-218. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.03.035


Author Jimmieson, Nerina L.
Tucker, Michelle K.
Campbell, Jack L.
Title Task conflict leads to relationship conflict when employees are low in trait self-control: implications for employee strain
Journal name Personality and Individual Differences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-8869
1873-3549
Publication date 2017-07-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2017.03.035
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 113
Start page 209
End page 218
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract This research advances our theoretical understanding of interpersonal conflict in the workplace by examining the process underpinning the escalation of task conflict to relationship conflict with one's supervisor and the moderating effect of employee trait self-control (TSC) to predict employee strain. Study 1 with 160 employees from the healthcare sector showed that the positive effect of task conflict on relationship conflict was significant for low TSC employees and non-existent for high TSC employees. Study 2 with 106 local council employees used a time-ordered research design (time lag of 10 months) and replicated the TSC moderation effect in the context of an indirect positive effect of task conflict (through relationship conflict) on psychological strain, job burnout, and turnover intentions, but not job dissatisfaction. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed in regards to the role of individual differences in TSC in supervisor-employee interpersonal relations.
Keyword Employee strain
Relationship conflict
Task conflict
Trait self-control
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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