Superior-subordinate relationships in Korean civil engineering companies

Tai Sik Lee, Dong Wook Lee, Hyeeun Lee, Hee Sun Park

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Abstract

The Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) relationship quality between superiors and subordinates in Korean civil engineering companies were empirically examined for superiors' feedback-seeking behaviors. The results showed that for superiors, affect, loyalty, and contribution toward subordinates were positively related to seeking negative as well as positive feedback from subordinates. From subordinates' point of view, affect, contribution, and professional respect toward their superiors were positively related to superiors' negative feedback seeking, but affect was negatively related to superiors' positive feedback seeking. It was also found that superiors and subordinates were not consensual in LMX and superiors' feedback-seeking behaviors. For example, for superiors, all of the four LMX dimensions were positively related to superiors' asking subordinates directly for feedback, whereas for subordinates, none of the LMX dimensions were significantly related to superiors' asking subordinates directly for feedback. These and other findings are discussed in detail, and implications for the findings are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Engineering firms
  • Korea
  • Leadership
  • Personnel management
  • Teamwork

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