Do employees in competitive organisations feel threatened by so-called rising stars? Will they, as a result, envy their potentially higher future status and start to socially undermine them? An article with three experiments and one field study by Susan Reh, Christian Tröster, and Niels Van Quaquebeke that will soon be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology seeks to answer these questions.
Reh, Susan, Christian Tröster and Niels Van Quaquebeke (In press): Keeping (future) rivals down: Temporal social comparison predicts coworker social undermining via future status threat and envy. Journal of Applied Psychology.