Date of Award

2001

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Management (Business Administration)

First Advisor

Kevin Mossholder

Abstract

Researchers and theorists have recognized the importance of multilevel research to gain a better understanding of organizational behavior. In particular, there is a need to assess leader-member exchange in the context within which the relationship takes place. This study assessed the associated effect of leader-member exchange and two contextual variables, team-member exchange and trust context, on individual performance, organizational citizenship behavior, fairness perceptions, and job satisfaction. At the individual level, supervisor ratings of leader-member exchange were positively associated with performance, organizational citizenship behavior directed at both individuals and the organization, fairness, and job satisfaction. Contextual effects were found for both team-member exchange and trust context. Each variable predicted incremental variance in organizational citizenship behavior, fairness perceptions, and job satisfaction beyond that explained by leader-member exchange. Contextual effects were not found for performance. Implications of the results for research and practice are discussed.

ISBN

9780493329956

Pages

126

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