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Understanding the relationship between span of control and subordinate consensus in leader-member exchange.

Schyns, B. and Maslyn, J.M. and Weibler, J. (2010) 'Understanding the relationship between span of control and subordinate consensus in leader-member exchange.', European journal of work and organizational psychology., 19 (3). pp. 388-406.

Abstract

Leader-member exchange (LMX) refers to the relationship quality a leader shares with members of his or her work group, typically described as differentiation in quality within the group. Numerous empirical studies demonstrate that the quality of this relationship is positively related to followers' attitudes and organizational outcomes. It has been proposed that the quality of possible relationships between the leader and the led will be affected by the number of employees directly reporting to the leader, with empirical findings showing a slight negative relationship between span of control and LMX. Little is known, however, about how span of control influences variability in the quality of leader-member exchange within the context of work groups. Therefore, following a recognized assumption to strive for as many as possible leadership relations on a high LMX level, we examine how individual- and group-level (consensus in) LMX can be based on different dimensions of the LMX relationship. We suggest how LMX consensus and a high LMX level can be established even in large spans of control.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Leadership, Span of control.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (269Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13594320903146485
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Schyns, B. and Maslyn, J.M. and Weibler, J. (2010) 'Understanding the relationship between span of control and subordinate consensus in leader-member exchange.', European journal of work and organizational psychology., 19 (3). pp. 388-406. European journal of work and organizational psychology is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the open URL of your article.
Record Created:20 Jan 2011 13:05
Last Modified:13 Jan 2012 13:13

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