The role of perceived organizational support in job insecurity and performance

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Sergio Andrés López Bohle
Maria José Chambel
Felipe Muñoz Medina
Bruno Silva da Cunha


In this study, we develop a conceptual model of the relationship between job insecurity and job performance, which is mediated by affective organizational commitment and moderated via perceived organizational support in a Chilean company that has undergone downsizing. In this cross-sectional study, we focused on 400 Chilean employees from the retail sector. Our findings indicate that job insecurity negatively influences job performance, which is a relationship that is partially mediated by effective organizational commitment. Moreover, a high level of perceived organizational support helped intensify the effects of the relationship between job insecurity and affective organizational commitment. To minimize the negative effects of job insecurity on the active employees of a downsizing strategy, an effective intervention is required by developing a more realistic communication in terms of a worker’s expectations toward the organization.


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LÓPEZ BOHLE, S. A.; CHAMBEL, M. J.; MUÑOZ MEDINA, F.; CUNHA, B. S. da. The role of perceived organizational support in job insecurity and performance. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 58, n. 4, p. 393–404, 2018. DOI: 10.1590/S0034-759020180405. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 sep. 2023.


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