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Examining the relationships between leaders and followers: The factors that influence the quality of the Leader-Member Exchange and the perception of in-group belongingness in the work place

Campion, Paulina (2017) Examining the relationships between leaders and followers: The factors that influence the quality of the Leader-Member Exchange and the perception of in-group belongingness in the work place. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Leadership has been a broad subject to explore by several researchers since decades. The relationships between the manager and subordinates, however, narrows the topic down to more specific, workplace environment.

This study is to understand the theoretical concept of the Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and investigate how and what influences such partnership. The author of this body of work conducted five semi-structured interviews and collected relevant information for the subject investigation. Based on the qualitative methods of data collection, this researcher concluded on the attitudes and traits that may impact the process of forming the relationships between the leader and followers and on how, within that process, the perception of being a part of the group may change.

The interviews were organized as face-to-face meetings and the author aimed to get an insight of the manager’s experiences that were relevant to the subject of the study and could contribute to the value of this research. This researcher made a great effort to include all opinions, facts and comments expressed by the candidates and summarized it in the chapter dedicated to the research findings.

Based on the field work conducted by this researcher, the LMX theory can be evidently confirmed as valid and applicable in practise. The literature review finds many of its theoretical frameworks and previous studies to be confirmed in the modern career-orientated society. Some literature concepts, however, did not seem to be present in the real-life scenarios. These only illustrate how complex the process of forming the relationships between leaders and followers may be and it will be elaborated on in the further sections of this paper.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 12:44
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 12:44
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2895

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