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Participative leadership and the organizational commitment of civil servants in China: The mediating effects of trust in supervisor

Miao, Qing, Newman, Alexander, Schwarz, Gary and Xu, Lin 2013, Participative leadership and the organizational commitment of civil servants in China: The mediating effects of trust in supervisor, British journal of management, vol. 24, no. S3, pp. S76-S92, doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12025.

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Title Participative leadership and the organizational commitment of civil servants in China: The mediating effects of trust in supervisor
Author(s) Miao, Qing
Newman, Alexander
Schwarz, Gary
Xu, Lin
Journal name British journal of management
Volume number 24
Issue number S3
Start page S76
End page S92
Total pages 17
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2013-09-01
ISSN 1045-3172
1467-8551
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Business
Management
Business & Economics
COGNITION-BASED TRUST
REPUBLIC-OF-CHINA
RED TAPE
ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM
POWER DISTANCE
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP
EMPOWERING LEADERSHIP
NORMATIVE COMMITMENT
EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT
TEAM EFFECTIVENESS
Summary The present study examines whether participative leadership engenders organizational commitment amongst Chinese civil servants and analyses the mechanisms by which it transmits its effects. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling revealed that there was a significant relationship between supervisor-level participative leadership and the affective and normative commitment of subordinates, but no relationship with continuance commitment. Affective trust was also identified as the mediator variable underlying the relationship between participative leadership and organizational commitment. We show that participative leadership of supervisors elicits higher levels of trust and leads subordinates to reciprocate through exhibiting higher levels of organizational commitment. Our study also reveals that Chinese civil servants who accept an unequal distribution of power between supervisors and subordinates typically exhibit lower levels of affective and normative commitment to the organization than those who do not. Our results provide greater support for the deepening of administrative reforms and the dissemination of participative leadership practices in China's new civil service system. © 2013 British Academy of Management.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1467-8551.12025
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
1503 Business And Management
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080239

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Management
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