Is group relationship important for assembly line workers? The effects of inclusive leadership and perceived insider status on performance and turnover

[Speaker] Wang, Yumei:1
[Co-author] Tang, Ningyu:1, Chen, Chiyin:1
1:Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China (People's Republic of China))

We propose a model based on social identity theory to explain how and when inclusive leadership (manifested by openness, accessibility, and availability of a leader) can impact the assembly line workers' performance and turnover. Using longitudinal, multisource data for 324 workers, we found inclusive leadership had indirect effects on workers' team role performance and turnover via perceived insider status in group. Further, moderated analysis revealed generation cohort moderated inclusive leadership's direct effect on perceived insider status in group, that inclusive leadership had stronger influence on perceived insider status in group for those born in the post 1990s than the post 1980s. This research sheds light on the explanation of assembly line workers' group behavior and turnover with the perspective of group identity. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.
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