The quality of the LMX relationship, the currency of exchange, and emotions at work

Pizer, Michelle K. and Hartel, Charmine 2005, The quality of the LMX relationship, the currency of exchange, and emotions at work, in APS 2005 : Proceedings of the 40th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 243-247.

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Title The quality of the LMX relationship, the currency of exchange, and emotions at work
Author(s) Pizer, Michelle K.
Hartel, Charmine
Conference name Conference of the Australian Psychological Society (40th : 2005 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 28 Sep.-2 Oct. 2005
Title of proceedings APS 2005 : Proceedings of the 40th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference
Editor(s) Katsikitis, Dr Mary
Publication date 2005
Conference series Conference of the Australian Psychological Society
Start page 243
End page 247
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Leader-member exchange (LMX) is a theory of leadership that specifically focuses on the quality of the relationship between a manager and his/her subordinates. Previous research has shown the link between LMX quality and employee attitudes and behaviours at work. However, to the authors' knowledge, research is yet to specifically investigate the link between LMX quality and employee emotions. Also little understood are the social exchanges that lead to and maintain LMX quality ("currencies of exchange" in LMX theory). We introduce the notion of currency of exchange quality - whether the currency is present to a good enough extent or not (either in absence or excess) - and theoretically link this to employee emotions.
A field study was designed and conducted to investigate the links. The study supported the propositions that high LMX relationships with good enough currency quality resulted in more positive employee emotions; low LMX with an absence of currency quality resulted in more negative emotions; and low LMX with an excess of currency quality resulted in mixed emotions. An unexpected finding was that high LMX was also associated with excess currency quality and mixed emotions. The affective evaluations and discrete emotions experienced varied according to the currency and its quality.
ISBN 0909881278
Language eng
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005774

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