Leader–member exchange and job performance: The effects of taking charge and organizational tenure

Tae-Yeol Kim (First Author), James M. Diefendorff (Participant Author), ZhiQiang Liu (Participant Author)

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Abstract

We theorized and tested the mechanisms by which leader–member exchange (LMX) quality is associated with job performance. The results obtained using 212 employee–supervisor pairs from eight Chinese companies indicated that LMX quality had an indirect and positive relationship with taking charge via psychological empowerment and had an indirect and positive relationship with job performance via taking charge. In addition, organizational tenure significantly moderated the relationship between taking charge and job performance, such that the positive effect of taking charge on job performance became weaker as organizational tenure increased. Furthermore, organizational tenure significantly moderated the indirect positive relationship between LMX quality and job performance via taking charge; the indirect effect became weaker as organizational tenure increased. These results suggest that organizations should encourage managers to develop high-quality LMX with their subordinates, which may make them feel more empowered and engage in more taking charge, and result in better job performance. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-231
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Corresponding author email

zqliu@mail.hust.edu.cn

Project name

高地位群体地位冲突对组织有效性的影响:分化与统整效应机制研究;;组织内地位竞争对创造性产出的影响机制研究;;转型期和谐劳动关系:分享型领导、员工心理契约与人力资源策略研究

Project sponsor

国家自然科学基金

Project No.

71272123;;70972017;;71232001

Keywords

  • ANTECEDENTS
  • CITIZENSHIP BEHAVIORS
  • MEDIATION
  • METAANALYSIS
  • MODEL
  • OUTCOMES
  • PROACTIVE BEHAVIOR
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL EMPOWERMENT
  • ROLE PERCEPTIONS
  • WORK
  • job performance
  • leader-member exchange
  • organizational tenure
  • psychological empowerment
  • taking charge

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  • ABDC-A*
  • Scopus
  • SSCI

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