Feedback-seeking behavior and leader-member exchange: Do supervisor-attributed motives matter?

Kwok Yee Wing Lam, Xu Huang, Ed Snape

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We investigated how supervisors' interpretations of what motivates their subordinates' feedback-seeking behavior were related to both the quality of leader-member exchange and subordinates' work performance. Using a sample of 499 supervisor-subordinate dyads collected in China in two studies, we found that subordinates' feedback seeking was positively related to the quality of leader-member exchange and objective work performance only when supervisors interpreted the feedback-seeking behavior as being driven more by performance enhancement motives and less by impression management motives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-363
Number of pages16
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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