The interactive effect of leader-member exchange and communication frequency on performance ratings

K. Michele Kacmar, L. A. Witt, Suzanne Zivnuska, Stanley Morris Gully

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Abstract

The authors tested the hypothesis that communication frequency moderates the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) and job-performance ratings. In a study of 188 private sector workers, they found that LMX was more strongly related to job-performance ratings among individuals reporting frequent communication with the supervisor than among those reporting infrequent communication. At high levels of LMX, workers reporting frequent communication with the supervisor received more favorable job-performance ratings than did workers reporting infrequent communication. In contrast, at low levels of LMX, workers reporting frequent communication with the supervisor received less favorable job-performance ratings than workers reporting infrequent communication. The authors conducted a 2nd study of 153 public sector workers to provide a constructive replication and found similar results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-772
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume88
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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