Maintaining competitive advantage has become more important in accordance with changing environmental conditions today. Under these conditions, it is seen as an indispensable resource to share employees' feelings, thoughts and creative ideas about the organization. Struggling for investigating and removing the effects that cause the employees to remain silent has become a neccessity. In this work developed in this context, the effect of perceived organizational cronyism of employees on employee silence and the moderating role of personality on this relationship has been examined. At the same time, the study is designed to be able to analyse organizational cronyism and employee silence in public and private sectors comparatively. When the research is conducted, by being selected public sector and private sector employees, it is tried to show that how organizational cronyism and employee silence differ between the two sectors. The data, which is obtained as a result of the survey conducted with 700 people working in the public and private sector, has been tested in direction of established hypotheses. Linear regression is used to test the direct effects between the variables in the model, and structural equation model is used to test the moderating effects. According to research findings, it was found that the perceived organizational cronyism sub-dimensions have positive and negative effects on the employee silence sub-dimensions. It has been observed that type A and type B personality play a partly regulatory role in the effect of perceived organizational cronyism on employee silence behavior. Another finding of the research is that organizational cronyism and employee silence level of private sector employees are higher that those of public sector employees.
Organizational Cronyism, Employee Silence, Personality, Public Sector, Private Sector