Dynamic Processes of Interactions between Supervisors and Subordinates: The Effects of Attributions of the Motives for Other's Effort on LMX and Performance

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Grounded on the theory of social exchange and norm of reciprocity, a high-quality leader-member exchange (LMX) is created by the dynamic processes of mutual interactions between supervisors and subordinates. This project investigates how a high-quality LMX is built gradually over time through the repeated reciprocal perceptions and behaviour between the dyadic members. More specifically, the researchers argue that subordinates will be more willing to build a higher quality LMX with supervisors whose efforts are perceived as strong work-related motives or less impression management motives. Additionally, they postulate that supervisors who attribute subordinates’ motives for efforts to strong work-related motives or less impression management motives are likely to reciprocate by building a high-quality LMX. The researchers hence propose that how supervisors attribute the motives for subordinates’ efforts moderate the effect of subordinates’ attributions of supervisors’ motives for efforts on LMX as well as work performance.


Project number7002143
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/0730/06/07