Meiners, E. B. (2018). Role Negotiation as Role Enrichment: A Study of Working College Students. Communication Reports, 31(1), 28-40. doi:10.1080/08934215.2017.1355973
Role Negotiation as Role Enrichment: A Study of Working College Students
Research in role negotiation emphasizes how organizational members and supervisors negotiate specialized arrangements involving flexibility or variety within a single job. The role enrichment perspective suggests that positive resources generated in one role can benefit performance in complementary roles as well. This study examines the relationships among role negotiation and role enrichment with a sample of employed college undergraduates (N = 146). Survey measures assessed the communication dimensions of role negotiation (i.e., information exchange and mutual concessions), flexibility and task arrangements, and instrumental and affective enrichment of the student role. Task-based arrangements at work fully mediated the effect of information exchange, and partially mediated the effect of mutual concessions, on instrumental enrichment.
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