The Moderating influence of organizational support on the development of salesperson job performance: Can an organization provide too much support?

Simona Stan, Kenneth Evans, Todd Arnold, Gregory McAmis

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Abstract

Organizational support theory is used to investigate the moderating effects of both instrumental and social/psychological support on the relationships between a salesperson's customer orientation and level of psychological empowerment and job performance. Results obtained within a sampling of 830 financial services salespeople operating from remote locations indicate that organizational support may interfere with salespeople's attitudes in the development of salesperson performance. Specifically, this study found that under conditions of low social/psychological support the positive effect of empowerment on job performance becomes weaker, but the positive effect of customer orientation on job performance becomes significantly stronger. Further, instrumental support seems to be somewhat counterproductive to high-performing salespeople by diminishing the positive relationship between empowerment and performance. Implications of such findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-419
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Personal Selling and Sales Management
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

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