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dc.contributor.authorWang, Wen
dc.contributor.authorSeifert, Roger
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-26T08:48:32Z
dc.date.available2016-09-26T08:48:32Z
dc.date.issued2016-09-24
dc.identifier.citationWang, W., Seifert, R. (2017) 'Employee referrals: A study of ‘close ties’ and career benefits in China', European Management Journal, 35(4), pp. 514-522. doi: 10.1016/j.emj.2016.09.004
dc.identifier.issn0263-2373
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.emj.2016.09.004
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620173
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the relationship between employee referrals and employees’ job tenure through the lens of social capital theory. It does so by considering the tie strength (closeness of guanxi) between referrers and referred employees in the Chinese context. In particular, we examine the mediating effect of career benefits. We theorize that close guanxi has a significant and positive impact on the job tenure of referred employees, and that career benefits (such as having a managerial role) mediate the close guanxi effect on job tenure. This highlights the critical need to recognize the tie strength as between referrers and referred employees. The support for our hypotheses comes from the use of personnel records of 4,030 employees over 13 years in one large privately-owned manufacturer in China. Our study has theoretical and practical implications for the relational approach to tackle voluntary turnover in the workplace.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0263237316301013
dc.subjectSocial tie strength
dc.subjectRecruitment
dc.subjectStaff Retention
dc.subjectGuanxi
dc.subjectChina
dc.titleEmployee referrals: A study of ‘close ties’ and career benefits in China
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalEuropean Management Journal
dc.date.accepted2016-09-14
rioxxterms.funderJisc
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUoW260916WW
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-09-23
dc.source.volume35
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage514
dc.source.endpage522
refterms.dateFCD2018-10-18T15:53:33Z
refterms.versionFCDAM
refterms.dateFOA2018-09-23T00:00:00Z
html.description.abstractThis study examines the relationship between employee referrals and employees’ job tenure through the lens of social capital theory. It does so by considering the tie strength (closeness of guanxi) between referrers and referred employees in the Chinese context. In particular, we examine the mediating effect of career benefits. We theorize that close guanxi has a significant and positive impact on the job tenure of referred employees, and that career benefits (such as having a managerial role) mediate the close guanxi effect on job tenure. This highlights the critical need to recognize the tie strength as between referrers and referred employees. The support for our hypotheses comes from the use of personnel records of 4,030 employees over 13 years in one large privately-owned manufacturer in China. Our study has theoretical and practical implications for the relational approach to tackle voluntary turnover in the workplace.


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