PERCEIVED COMPETITION, JOB PERFORMANCE, AND SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESEARCH ADMINISTRATORS
Johns Hopkins University
Research administrators are personnel in the highly collaborative and ever-changing research enterprise. The focus on competition as a means to promote productivity has the potential to work against a perception of belonging that can motivate non-task-specific job performance that benefits the organization. This study investigated the perspectives of research administrators regarding the level of competition amongst coworkers in their work environments in relation to their level of perceived insider status and contextual performance. A sample of 112 adult research administrators employed in the United States from Johns Hopkins University and an online platform for research administrators, NCURA’s Collaborate, was used for hypothesis testing. Data were collected through a self-report survey hosted in Qualtrics. The results of Pearson’s correlation analyses found a significant positive association between competition influenced by coworkers and contextual performance. The simple linear regression analysis of competition influenced by coworkers and contextual performance indicated a statistically significant positive relationship.
competition influenced by coworkers, perceived insider status, contextual performance, research administrator