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The power paradox : Implicit and explicit power motives, and the importance attached to prosocial organizational goals in SMEs

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  • Hermans, Julie
  • Slabbinck, Hendrik
  • Vanderstraeten, Johanna
  • Brassey, Jacqueline

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

  • Dejardin, Marcus
  • Ramdani, Dendi
  • van Witteloostuijn, Arjen

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

Abstract

We examine the fundamental tension between explicit and implicit power motives; and their combined impact on the importance attached to prosocial organizational goals in small businesses (SMEs). We show that key decision-makers with a dominant implicit power motive attach more importance to the prosocial goals of job creation and taking care of the environment in their businesses. However, we reveal that this positive relationship is moderated by their explicit power motive. Once decision-makers in SMEs consciously seek for power, the positive relationship is neutralized. With these results, we highlight the conceptual and methodological differences between implicit and explicit power motives. We could obtain these results because we developed and validated an innovative implicit motive measure—the Shortened Pictorial Attitude Implicit Association Test (SPA-IAT). Contrary to the currently available implicit motive measures, the SPA-IAT is fast and easy to use and analyze, which makes this novel instrument well suited for research in business settings.
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  • Hermans, Julie & Slabbinck, Hendrik & Vanderstraeten, Johanna & Brassey, Jacqueline & Dejardin, Marcus & Ramdani, Dendi & van Witteloostuijn, Arjen, 2017. "The power paradox : Implicit and explicit power motives, and the importance attached to prosocial organizational goals in SMEs," Other publications TiSEM 51db3f0c-5e5f-41b1-b560-5, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiutis:51db3f0c-5e5f-41b1-b560-558dfb69da0a
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    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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