Reputation as a moderator of political behavior-work outcomes relationships: a two-study investigation with convergent results. Academic Article uri icon


  • Personal reputation has been acknowledged to have an important influence on work outcomes. However, substantive research has been relatively scarce to date. The 2-study research plan reported here supports reputation's role as a moderator of the relationships between political behavior and the work outcomes of uncertainty, emotional exhaustion, and job performance ratings (i.e., self- and supervisor report). The 1st investigation contained both a pilot study, which was undertaken to demonstrate the consistency of self- and others' perceptions of reputation, and a test of the substantive relationships. The 2nd study served as a constructive replication of the hypothesized relationships. Supporting prior research, Study 1 demonstrated that self-reports of personal reputation were significantly related to peer report. In each study, political behavior was associated with decreased uncertainty and emotional exhaustion and increased job performance ratings for individuals with a favorable reputation. Conversely, political behavior predicted increased uncertainty and emotional exhaustion and decreased job performance ratings for individuals with an unfavorable reputation. Implications of these results, strengths and limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.

published proceedings

  • J Appl Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Hochwarter, W. A., Ferris, G. R., Zinko, R., Arnell, B., & James, M.

citation count

  • 116

complete list of authors

  • Hochwarter, Wayne A||Ferris, Gerald R||Zinko, Robert||Arnell, Breda||James, Matrecia

publication date

  • January 2007