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

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posted on 2013-09-01, 00:00 authored by Q Miao, Alexander NewmanAlexander Newman, G Schwarz, L Xu
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.

History

Journal

British journal of management

Volume

24

Issue

S3

Pagination

S76 - S92

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

1045-3172

eISSN

1467-8551

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2013, Wiley