Is LMX Differentiation a Hindrance or a Promotion to Team Functioning? Acyclicity Matters

Jieying Xu, Erica Xu, Xu Huang

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    Abstract

    Drawing from the recent theoretical development in social hierarchy, we theorize that whether leader-member exchange (LMX) differentiation breeds status conflict and ultimately undermines team performance hinges on the alignment between LMX differentiation and acyclicity. Based on data collected from 89 work teams in mainland China, we found that only when LMX differentiation was misaligned with acyclicity, LMX differentiation was positively related to status conflicts and, as a result of it, undermined team performance. In contrast, when LMX differentiation was aligned with acyclicity, LMX differentiation was negatively related to status conflicts and consequently promoted team performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2020
    EditorsSonia Taneja
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
    Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2020: Broadening our Sight - Virtual
    Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020
    https://aom.org/events/annual-meeting/past-annual-meetings/2020-broadening-our-sight (Conference website)
    https://journals.aom.org/toc/amproc/2020/1 (Conference proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
    Number1
    Volume2020
    ISSN (Print)0065-0668
    ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561

    Conference

    Conference80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2020
    Period7/08/2011/08/20
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