The effect of superior peer's job-focused impression management on knowledge hiding The mediating effect of malicious envy towards one’s superior peer and moderating effect of negative reciprocity

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NaRa Lee
DongGun Park
HyunSun Chung


The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of superior peer's job-focused impression management on knowledge hiding behavior and the mediating role of malicious envy to coworkers. In addition, this study examined the moderating role of employee's negative reciprocity in the relationship between malicious envy and knowledge hiding. The results from 350 participants provided evidence that (a) superior peer's job-focused impression management was negatively related to employee's malicious envy, (b) malicious envy was negatively related to employee's knowledge hiding behavior, (c) malicious envy partially mediated the relationship between superior peer's job-focused impression management and knowledge hiding, (d) employee's negative reciprocity moderated the relationship between malicious envy and knowledge hiding. Based on these results, theoretical and practical implication, limitations, and direction for future research were discussed.


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