- Jilin University
- Chongqing University
- FAW Group Corporation
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Design/methodology/approach – A total of 180 participants from 36 work teams employed in 7 large automotive manufacturing enterprises in China were surveyed using a questionnaire designed by the authors. Multiple linear regressions were used to test the proposed hypotheses.
Findings –The results revealed four new performance indicators of frontline workers in the context of flexible manufacturing: continuous learning, teamwork, problem solving, and active work. Organizational support can be divided into reinforcing support and inhibitive support. Reinforcing organizational support has a positive effect on new performance of frontline workers, and a sense of belonging plays a strong mediating role between them. Inhibitive organizational support plays an important role in the sense of awe of employees, but the sense of awe has no influence on new performance of frontline workers. Organizational justice plays a strong moderating role between organizational support and employee attitudes.
Originality/value –This study is one of the first attempts to explore the performance of frontline workers in the context of flexible manufacturing and contributes to the existing literature on the relationship between organizational support and employee performance.