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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Minsky, Barbara Dale
URN etd-1112102-140432
Title LMX Dyad Agreement: Construct Definition and the Role of Supervisor/Subordinate Similarity and Communication in Understanding LMX
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Management (Business Administration)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Daniel B. Marin Committee Co-Chair
Kevin W. Mossholder Committee Co-Chair
Alvin C. Burns Committee Member
Arthur G. Bedeian Committee Member
J. Jill Suitor Committee Member
Timothy D. Chandler Committee Member
  • supervisor/subordinate agreement
  • LMX agreement
  • multivariate multiple regression
Date of Defense 2002-09-26
Availability unrestricted
Much LMX research is predicated upon the assumption that the quality of the supervisor-subordinate relationship is predictive of important organizational and individual outcomes. I propose, however, that leader-member agreement in perception about the nature of the relationship as well as the type of relationship itself is important. I have identified and examined some of the theoretically relevant determinants of leader and member perceptual agreement regarding the nature of their LMX relationship. I hypothesized that relational demography, values, perceived similarity, communication, feedback, and role clarity are related to LMX perceptual agreement. Data was collected through surveys personally administered to employees at four companies in the Southeast. All employees completed the same survey which included measures of LMX, values, perceived similarity, communication, feedback, and role clarity. Supervisors then completed an additional survey that included measures of the supervisors' perceptions of their LMX relationships, their perceived similarity with subordinates, and feedback solicitation with specific subordinates. Supervisor and subordinate responses were matched. Additionally, because of the controversy regarding the use of difference scores as a means to investigate agreement variables, perceptual agreement was not defined as a difference score. My dependent variable, LMX agreement, was examined using multivariate multiple regression analysis by looking at each of its components (LMX and SLMX) and their relationship to each other and to the independent variable(s). The results provide evidence that communication is a key aspect of perceptual agreement. There is support for several of the communication and feedback hypotheses. This dissertation makes several contributions to the leader-member exchange, perceptual agreement, and communication literatures. Direction for future research, study limitations, and implications of the findings for research and practice are discussed.
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