Title

Envy as Pain: Rethinking the Nature of Envy and its Implications for Employees and Organizations

Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Publisher’s Version

Publication Date

1-2012

Abstract

Although envy has been characterized by resentment, hostility, and ill will, researchers have begun to investigate envy's benign manifestations. We contend that the substance of envy has been confounded with its consequences. We conceptualize envy as pain at another's good fortune. This reconceptualization allows envy to result in both positive and negative consequences. We then examine how envy affects interpersonal behaviors and job performance, contingent on core self-evaluation, referent cognitions, and perceived organizational support.

Keywords

Emotions, Organizational Behavior, Social Psychology

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Academy of Management Review

Volume

37

Issue

1

First Page

107

Last Page

129

ISSN

0363-7425

Identifier

10.5465/amr.2009.0484

Publisher

Academy of Management

Additional URL

http://www.jstor.org/stable/23218854