A multi-level analysis of team climate and interpersonal exchange relationships at work

Herman H.M. Tse, Marie T. Dasborough, Neal M. Ashkanasy

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Abstract

This paper seeks to advance research on interpersonal exchange relationships between supervisors, subordinates, and coworkers at work by integrating social exchange, workplace friendship, and climate research to develop a multi-level model. We tested the model using hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) with data obtained from a sample of 215 manager-employee dyads working in 36 teams. At the individual level, leader-member exchange (LMX) was found to be related to workplace friendship. Further, workplace friendship was positively related to team-member exchange (TMX) and mediated the LMX-TMX relationship. At the team level, HLM results indicated that the relationship between LMX and workplace friendship was moderated by affective climate. These findings suggest that high-quality LMX relationships are associated with enhanced workplace friendship between employees, especially when the affective climate is strong.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-211
Number of pages17
JournalLeadership Quarterly
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Affective climate
  • Leader-member exchange (LMX)
  • Team-member exchange (TMX)
  • Workplace friendship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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