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WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Marcus W. Dickson

Abstract

This study evaluates the antecedents and dynamic interplay between leader and follower

levels of leader-member exchange (LMX). Value congruence and dyad contact are specificallylooked at as predictors of both levels of and agreement of LMX. Social work students taking part in a work placement along with their supervisors composed 34 matched dyad pairs and 268 unmatched individuals. Results suggest that both value congruency and dyad contact predict LMX, with dyad contact predicting LMX differentiation. Value congruence displayed incremental validity in predicting LMC beyond dyad contact. Interestingly, these relationships were moderated by leader-follower status, suggesting that followers are much more sensitive to the effects of individual and environmental dyad characteristics.

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