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Workplace Mentoring and Leader–Member Dyadic Communication in Malaysia

Mentorship-driven Talent Management

ISBN: 978-1-78973-692-2, eISBN: 978-1-78973-691-5

Publication date: 12 June 2020


This chapter examines how leader–member dyadic communication in the Malaysian workplace operates at the leader–member dyadic level in the context of cultural norms. We propose a model of leader–member dyadic communication based on the cultural norms of budi bicara, which in turn influences the perception of workplace mentoring in Malaysia. The model is tested by using hierarchical multiple regression with data obtained from a sample of 510 employees in three Malaysian organizations. Results show that leader–member dyadic communication in the workplace is linked with the career mentoring perceptions. These findings partially validate our proposed model and provide empirical support for the central roles of communication exchange processes in mentoring.



Malek Abdul Malek, M.M. and Bakar, H.A. (2020), "Workplace Mentoring and Leader–Member Dyadic Communication in Malaysia", Kumar, P. and Budhwar, P. (Ed.) Mentorship-driven Talent Management, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 127-146.



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