Where energy flows, passion grows: testing a moderated mediation model of work passion through a cross-cultural lens

Weng, Qingxiong, Butt, Hirra Parvez, Almeida, Shamika, Ahmed, Bilal, Obaid, Asfia, Burhan, Muhammad ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5279-6739 and Tariq, Hussain (2020) Where energy flows, passion grows: testing a moderated mediation model of work passion through a cross-cultural lens. Current Psychology . ISSN 1046-1310 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1007/s12144-020-01071-x)

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This study examines how and when passionate leaders can instigate work passion in their followers. We propose relational energy as a social interaction mediator that can facilitate the crossover of work passion from leader to followers. Additionally, we introduce a moderator of culture (Anglo culture, e.g., Canada vs. Confucian Asian culture, e.g., China) as it plays a vital role in the dynamics of interpersonal relations within a leader-follower dyad. We collected two-wave data from MBA students of two Confucian Asian countries (China and Singapore, n = 120) and two Anglo countries (Canada and Australia, n = 265) to test our moderated mediation model. The results show that interactions with passionate leaders can generate relational energy in followers and subsequently lead to followers’ passion for work. Furthermore, the findings shed light on the moderating effect of culture, such that the leader-follower work passion relationship via follower relational energy was stronger for followers from Anglo culture than the followers from Confucian Asian culture. Limitations of the study and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Work passion, Relational energy, Culture (Anglo culture vs.Confucian Asian culture), Leader-follower relationship, Crossover theory
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 31096
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Current Psychology. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12144-020-01071-x
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Depositing User: Muhammad Burhan
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 07:21
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 08:09
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31096

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