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Leaders’ enhancement of leader–member exchange (LMX) relationships: An examination of leaders’ cognitive support and knowledge resources in research groups

Conference paper
Authors Sven Hemlin
Lisa Olsson
Leif Denti
Published in Academy of Management The informal economy Boston 2012
Pages 216
Publication year 2012
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Department of Psychology
Pages 216
Language en
Keywords LMX, research groups, Cognitive Support, Knowledge Resources
Subject categories Applied Psychology


We examined the effects of the Cognitive Support and Knowledge Resources that leaders provide their followers in a sample of 166 academic and commercial researchers in Sweden. Our goal was to investigate whether these two task-related variables were antecedents of followers’ perceptions of leader-member exchange (LMX). Specifically, we used multilevel modelling to investigate the effect of leader-provided Cognitive Support and Knowledge Resources in relation to the four sub-dimensions of LMX (LMX-MDM): Affect, Loyalty, Contribution, and Professional Respect. As we hypothesized, we found that both Cognitive Support and Knowledge Resources, with one exception, related to the four sub-dimensions. The exception was the failed association between Cognitive Support and Loyalty. We conclude that in knowledge-intensive settings, the Cognitive Support and Knowledge Resources leaders provide their followers are important variables that influence the quality of leader-member relationships.

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