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International Journal of Conflict Management

ISSN: 1044-4068

Online from: 1990

Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies

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Improving employees' job satisfaction and innovation performance using conflict management


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Title:Improving employees' job satisfaction and innovation performance using conflict management
Author(s):Xiao-Hong Chen, (School of Business, Central South University, Changsha, China), Ke Zhao, (School of Business, Central South University, Changsha, China), Xiang Liu, (School of Business, Central South University, Changsha, China), Desheng Dash Wu, (RiskLab, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Citation:Xiao-Hong Chen, Ke Zhao, Xiang Liu, Desheng Dash Wu, (2012) "Improving employees' job satisfaction and innovation performance using conflict management", International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 23 Iss: 2, pp.151 - 172
Keywords:China, Conflict management, Innovation performance, Job satisfaction
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/10444061211218276 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This work was partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants No. 70971139, and No. 70631004).
Abstract:

Purpose – The major aim of this study is to explore the mechanism through which conflict management behavior impacts job satisfaction and innovation performance, and to verify this relationship with the empirical analysis in the context of China.

Design/methodology/approach – A model of the relationship among conflict management behavior, job satisfaction and innovation performance was developed and empirically tested. Based on a survey composed of 333 questionnaires designed for Chinese employees, the authors examine the effects of conflict management behavior on job satisfaction and innovation performance in Chinese contexts.

Findings – Results show that integrating and compromising conflict management behaviors are positively related to job satisfaction; integrating conflict management behavior is positively related to innovation performance; and avoiding conflict management behavior is negatively related to innovation performance.

Research limitations/implications – This study does not take the industry differences into consideration, though how to maintain job satisfaction and promote innovation might differ from one industry to another. This study only studied on the personal level, therefore future studies can be extended to the team level.

Originality/value – This paper offers some useful suggestions for business managers as well as employees to improve employees' job satisfaction and innovation performance.



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