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The global purpose of this research is to further the study of leader-member exchange (LMX) by using a new, and primarily unused multidimensional measure. The large majority of prior work on LMX has examined the construct using unidimensional measures. However, investigations are needed that examine the four dimensions of LMX, affect, contribution, loyalty, and professional respect, using the new LMX-MDM measure (Liden & Maslyn, 1998). Role theory and social exchange theory were used to develop a conceptual model of antecedents and outcomes of the different LMX dimensions. Additionally, theory-based hypotheses were developed that examine interactions between different dimensions. Data were collected from 193 matched supervisor-subordinate pairs. Unfortunately, the results from both the leader's and member's perspectives were disappointing as few hypotheses were supported. A discussion of these findings and potential reasons for the lack of supported results are provided, as well as strengths, limitations, and directions for future research.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Management in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
K. Michele Kacmar, Professor Directing Dissertation; Charles Kacmar, Outside Committee Member; Gerald R. Ferris, Committee Member; Pamela L. Perrewé, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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