On the association between perceived overqualification and adaptive behavior

Chia Huei Wu, Amy Wei Tian, Aleksandra Luksyte, Christiane Spitzmueller

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to offer an autonomous motivation perspective to explore the relationship between perceived overqualification and adaptive work behavior and examine job autonomy as a factor that may moderate the association. Design/methodology/approach: The hypotheses were tested in two culturally, demographically, and functionally diverse samples: sample 1 was based on North American community college employees (n=215); sample 2 was based on full-time workers, employed in a Chinese state-owned enterprise specializing in shipping (n=148). Findings: In study 1, perceived overqualification was negatively related to self-rated adaptive behavior. A follow-up study 2 extended these findings by demonstrating that perceived overqualification was negatively related to supervisor-rated adaptive work behavior when job autonomy was low, rather than high. Research limitations/implications: The results of this research offer an autonomous motivation perspective to explain why perceived overqualification relates to adaptive behavior and suggests a job design approach to encourage adaptive behaviors of people who feel overqualified – a sizable segment of the current workforce. Originality/value: This is one of the first studies to explore adaptive behavior of workers who feel overqualified – an outcome that has not been examined in this domain. The findings further point out what can be done to encourage adaptive behaviors among overqualified employees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-354
Number of pages16
JournalPersonnel Review
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Wu, Chia Huei ; Tian, Amy Wei ; Luksyte, Aleksandra ; Spitzmueller, Christiane. / On the association between perceived overqualification and adaptive behavior. In: Personnel Review. 2017 ; Vol. 46, No. 2. pp. 339-354.
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On the association between perceived overqualification and adaptive behavior. / Wu, Chia Huei; Tian, Amy Wei; Luksyte, Aleksandra; Spitzmueller, Christiane.

In: Personnel Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2017, p. 339-354.

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