Volmer, Judith ORCID: 0000-0003-4476-6537, Orth, Maximilian ORCID: 0000-0002-1704-2229 and Wolff, Hans-Georg ORCID: 0000-0002-6945-2764 (2018). Multidimensional Networking Behavior in Germany and China: Measurement Invariance and Associations With Objective Career Success. J. Career Assess., 26 (4). S. 678 - 697. THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. ISSN 1552-4590

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Abstract

Prior research has so far established the multidimensional nature of networking behavior in Western but not Asian working populations. Thus, the purpose of the present study was to assess the cross-cultural measurement equivalence and predictive validity of an established multidimensional networking scale across a German and a Chinese sample of individuals employed by the same multinational company (total N = 248). Multigroup confirmatory factor analyses demonstrated configural and metric, but not scalar measurement invariance, indicating that cross-cultural comparisons of associations between the six theoretically anticipated networking dimensions and other constructs but not of mean scores of networking are meaningful. Path analytic findings showed that some but not all networking dimensions significantly predicted objective career success (i.e., salary and promotions, assessed 2 months later). Relative weight analyses indicated that all intraorganizational (i.e., building, maintaining, and using contacts), but no extraorganizational networking behaviors explained nontrivial variance in Chinese employees' salary and promotions. In the German group, a largely opposite pattern was found. Interestingly, the relative importance of building and of using internal contacts was significantly greater in China than in Germany. We conclude that the functional but not necessarily the structural facet of a multidimensional conceptualization of networking behavior exhibits meaningful cross-cultural equivalence.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Volmer, JudithUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-4476-6537UNSPECIFIED
Orth, MaximilianUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-1704-2229UNSPECIFIED
Wolff, Hans-GeorgUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-6945-2764UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-167035
DOI: 10.1177/1069072717723302
Journal or Publication Title: J. Career Assess.
Volume: 26
Number: 4
Page Range: S. 678 - 697
Date: 2018
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Place of Publication: THOUSAND OAKS
ISSN: 1552-4590
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
CULTURAL COLLECTIVISM; TESTING MEASUREMENT; PERSPECTIVE; MANAGERIAL; RESOURCES; VALUES; SCALEMultiple languages
Psychology, AppliedMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/16703

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