The future of the Leader-Member Exchange theory

Tziner, Aharon and Fein, Erich Christian ORCID:, eds. (2021) The future of the Leader-Member Exchange theory. Frontiers Media SA, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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The Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) theory describes the tendency of managers to develop different types of relationships with their employees, leading to the use of different management styles depending on the employee. This in turn, may induce differential responses and attitudes in employees, thereby affecting their performance behaviors.

From conceptual beginnings in the vertical dyad linkage theory, through elaborations of potential stages of LMX relationship development, LMX has become a major framework within the leadership literature. However, LMX has remained mostly descriptive in its orientation. Current challenges to extend and develop LMX theory and practice include the need to develop research evidence on how LMX relationships form under natural conditions and how such relationships can be best encouraged and intentionally developed, and in regard to what types of specific contextual factors can interact with high quality LMX formation. Further, while LMX’s role as a potential antecedent and mediator of workplace misbehaviors has been investigated, less is known about the effects of individuals’ dispositional differences on LMX. In addition, there is even less emphasis on the effects of cultural contextual factors and demographic parameters on leader–member interrelations and their impact on job performance.

Therefore, this Research Topic aims to gather high quality research articles promoting our understanding of LMX in its roles as independent, moderating or mediating factor, affecting job performance in relation to variables insufficiently addressed in the past, especially dispositional differences, cultural, and demographic variables. Furthermore, we particularly welcome longitudinal research on the development of LMX.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2022 02:27
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 06:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leader-Member-Exchange, leadership patterns, antecedents of LMX, outcomes of LMX, LMX as moderator or mediator variable
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350503 Human resources management
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350707 Leadership
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