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Building psychological contract: the role of leader member exchanges

Francis Kasekende (Department of Human Resource Management, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
John C. Munene (Department of Human Resource Management, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Joseph M. Ntayi (Department of Procurement, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Augustine Ahiauzu (Leadership Department, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

Evidence-based HRM

ISSN: 2049-3983

Article publication date: 5 December 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to address the building blocks for psychological contract among public institutions in Uganda by investigating the mediation effect of leader-member exchanges (LMX) in the relationship between perceived environmental dynamism and psychological contract.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors use structural equation modelling (AMOS) to investigate the hypotheses.

Findings

LMX is a significant mediator in the association between generational work values and psychological contract and technological advancement and psychological contract among employees in public institutions in Uganda.

Practical implications

At commissions and agencies level, generational work values and technological advancement seem to create better effects on employee-employer unwritten expectations and obligations when they go through LMX. This has important implications for the investment in and outcomes of these LMX endeavours from both the employer and the employee.

Originality/value

The study is one of the pioneers to demonstrate that the presence of LMX reflected in the form of a dyadic relationship helps to extend the positive effects generational work values and technological advancement have on psychological contract.

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Citation

Kasekende, F., Munene, J.C., Ntayi, J.M. and Ahiauzu, A. (2016), "Building psychological contract: the role of leader member exchanges", Evidence-based HRM, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 257-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-06-2015-0024

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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