Can Insider Status Promote Employee Voice Behavior?




This research investigates employee voice behavior (EVB) as a behavioral consequence of perceived insider status (PIS) through felt obligation behavior. Based on social identity theory, this research postulates that when employees realize that they are an insider, they tend to see themselves as a citizen of an organization and proactively engage in voice behavior. In order to evaluate this relationship, we collected 983 self-completed surveys from participants of public organizations in Fiji. The findings show that as insiders, employees unbegrudgingly engage in voice behavior when trying to provide corrective changes. This relationship was also partially mediated by felt obligation behavior (FOB). Interestingly, this study is the first one to use social identity theory to explain how employees form close attachment to the organizations they work for, driving greater feelings of belongingness and altering their behavior to engage in voice behavior. Therefore, we find social identity theory to be very relevant in explaining the relationship between PIS and EVB through FOB. This makes a significant contribution to the social identity theory. Finally, the current study offers practical implications, limitations, and further research directions.


Perceived insider status, Felt obligation behavior, Employee voice behavior, Social identity theory, Pro-social behavior, Constructive changes

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Kumar, S. S., Jeon, D. ., Lingam, S. ., Chand, A. P. ., & Ku, B. . (2021). Can Insider Status Promote Employee Voice Behavior?. International Journal of Management and Sustainability, 10(4), 123–134.