How Being Envied shapes Proactive Work Behavior: the mediating effect of Affects and Affective Commitment

  • 李 昱嫻

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


As workplace envy is omnipresent it is thus important to be aware of envy that accompany success Instead of understanding people who feel envy towards others current study focusing on the perspective of being envied in exploring workplace envy On the basis of Affective Events Theory (AET) we further examine a four-step theoretical framework explain the mechanism between being envied and proactive work behavior through two opposite affect and affective commitment Also we investigate the possible moderators between being envied and the affective response Our model is tested by 278 supervisor subordinate dyads from various industries in Taiwan such as technology financial and manufacturing The results of present study indicate that both positive and negative affect are elicited when being envied by coworkers On one hand being envied positively influence one’s proactive work behavior via positive affect and affective commitment Conversely being envied is negatively related to proactive work behavior via negative affect and affective commitment Current study casts light on the how being envied by others influence one’s proactive work behavior And confirmed that affective responses toward being envied are the key factors which influence the consequences of being the target of envied
Date of Award2020
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorHsi-An Shih (Supervisor)

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