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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (11): 1939-1952.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01939

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The distinction between promotive and prohibitive voice

LI Fangjun(), ZHONG Xupeng   

  1. Management School, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China
  • Received:2020-01-06 Online:2020-11-15 Published:2020-09-23
  • Contact: LI Fangjun


This paper systematically reviews the distinction between promotive and prohibitive voice. The theoretical foundation of their distinction includes planned behavior theory, regulatory focus theory, goal-oriented theory, socially desirable responding theory, conservation of resources theory, attribution theory, self-depletion theory, transactional theory of stress, and affect events theory. Corresponding to the theories, their antecedents differ in characteristics of voicer (e.g. personality, motivation), leadership style and behavior, leader-member exchange, and organizational factors (e.g. organizational politics, organizational justice); their consequences differ in work attitude and behavior (e.g. performance, job satisfaction), manager's endorsement, team performance. Promising research directions include how the two types of voice coexist in team and the cultural differences between them.

Key words: voice behavior, promotive voice, prohibitive voice, theoretical mechanism

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