Vol. 19 - 3
The impact of energizing interactions on voluntary and involuntary turnover
Andrew Parker, Alexandra Gerbasi.
Pages : 177-202
In this paper we build from the theory of energetic activation to highlight the role energizing interactions play in relation to performance and turnover. We theorize that the association between energizing interactions within organizations and turnover is mediated by individual performance. We test our hypotheses using longitudinal network data collected annually within the IT department of a global engineering consulting firm over a four year
period. Our study shows that when an individual perceives their interactions with others inside the organization as increasing their level of energetic activation, they have a reduced likelihood of voluntary turnover, but that this relationship is mediated by individual performance. Perceiving interactions as increasing energetic activation results in higher performance, which in turn actually increases voluntary turnover. In contrast, when others perceive interactions with the focal actor as increasing their level of energetic activation it reduces the focal actor’s risk
of involuntary turnover. This relationship is also mediated by performance. When others within the organization perceive interactions with the focal actor as increasing their level of energetic activation, it results in the focal
actor having higher performance, which in turn reduces the focal actor’s involuntary turnover. In conclusion, we note that our findings are specific to knowledge workers with IT skills and may not be generalizable to all
employees. We also suggest implications for managers and potential areas for future research. | Download PDF (EN)
Organisational indulgences or abuse of indulgences: Can good actions somehow wipe out corporate sins?
Emmanouela Mandalaki, Patrick O\'Sullivan.
Pages : 203-227
Assessment of the overall moral stature of organisations is notoriously difficult. This is partly of course because they are collective entities but also because they rarely present a clear-cut picture in respect of moral stance: we will typically find that while organisations engage in wrong-doing, they also engage in “right-doing”, often with a view to compensating in some typically unspecified way for their wrongdoing. The purpose of this conceptual paper is to bring a new perspective to understanding this somewhat paradoxical organisational behaviour. We suggest that by drawing in an analogical manner on the ancient Catholic conception of proper indulgences and abuses of indulgence, we can develop a fruitful way to understand compensatory right doing activity as well as a powerful normative tool for morally assessing such activity. This locates the paper firmly within the field of business ethics but it also yields some interesting insights regarding the motivations of certain organisational behaviours. We finally suggest that we can conceptualise an organisation’s activity in this respect along a kind of moral spectrum that stretches from pure organisational impostorism through abuse of indulgence to proper indulgence and we suggest some illustrations of these from well-known business cases. | Download PDF (EN)
CSR & Business Ethics
Unplugged - Book Review Essay : Questions a Book on ‘Questions Business Schools Don’t Ask’ Doesn’t dare to Ask
Pages : 228-239
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Unplugged - My Own Book Review - Writing for Scholarly Publication as a contribution to scholarly conversation
Anne Sigismund Huff.
Pages : 240-247
The “unplugged” section seeks to experience new forms of book reviews. We regularly grant a wild card to a world-class scholar to review his/her own Classic. In “My own book review”, authors will tell us the story of what I was trying to do with sometimes some auto-ethnographic considerations. By recounting the building process of one seminal research with a contemporary lens, they may give some insights for the current craft of research and also share with us renunciations, doubts and joys in their intimate writing experience. | Download PDF (EN)