Many Hands Lighter Work? Deciphering the Relationship between Adverse Working Conditions and Organization Citizenship Behaviours in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises during a Severe Economic Crisis


What is the relationship between adverse working conditions and employees’ organizational citizenship behaviour (OCB) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating under a severe economic crisis? To address this question, a survey of 312 front-line workers was undertaken in 62 Greek SMEs − an instrumental setting where the current deterioration of working conditions is acute. Our contribution is twofold. First, we develop and test a scale for measuring adverse working conditions. Second, we decipher the extent to which such conditions relate to organizational and individual aspects of OCB, considering job satisfaction's mediating role. Through this research we extend the OCB literature within the context of SMEs operating under severe economic crisis and highlight the implications for managing human resources in SMEs, a sector conspicuous for its socio-economic significance and its vulnerability during economic downturns.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2017 British Academy of Management.
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMEs, Organizational Citizenship Behavior, Adverse Working Conditions, Job Satisfaction, Economic Crisis ,Business, Management and Accounting(all),Management of Technology and Innovation,Strategy and Management
Publication ISSN: 1467-8551
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 07:17
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 11:00
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-07-01
Published Online Date: 2017-11-03
Accepted Date: 2017-06-06
Submitted Date: 2016-06-27
Authors: Psychogios, Alexandros
Nyfoudi, Margarita
Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2262-0054)
Szamosi, Leslie T.
Prouska, Rea



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