Manager Characteristics and Employee Job Insecurity around a Merger Announcement: The Role of Status and Crossover

Jack Lam, Kimberly Fox, Wen Fan, Phyllis Moen, Erin Kelly, Leslie Hammer, Ellen Ernst Kossek

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Most existing research theorizes individual factors as predictors of perceived job insecurity. Incorporating contextual and organizational factors at an information technology organization where a merger was announced during data collection, we draw on status expectations and crossover theories to investigate whether managers' characteristics and insecurity shape their employees' job insecurity. We find having an Asian as opposed to a White manager is associated with lower job insecurity, whereas managers' own insecurity positively predicts employees' insecurity. Also contingent on the organizational climate, managers' own tenure buffers, and managers' perceived job insecurity magnifies insecurity of employees interviewed after a merger announcement, further specifying status expectations theory by considering context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-580
Number of pages23
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


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  • Sociology and Political Science

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