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The Opportunity for Friendship in the Workplace: An Underexplored Construct

Christine M. Riordan and Rodger W. Griffeth
Journal of Business and Psychology
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Dec., 1995), pp. 141-154
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25092498
Page Count: 14
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The Opportunity for Friendship in the Workplace: An Underexplored Construct
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Abstract

This paper hypothesized and tested a theoretically-based model of the relationship between perceived friendship opportunities in the workplace and work-related outcomes. The empirical findings are based on the survey responses of 174 employees in a small electric utility. Results indicate that employees' perceptions of friendship opportunities in the workplace have direct effects on job involvement and job satisfaction, as well as indirect effects on organizational commitment and intention to turnover. Management implications of friendship opportunities and social features within the workplace are discussed.

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