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Knowledge donating and knowledge collecting: The moderating roles of social and economic LMX

Anders Dysvik (Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway)
Robert Buch (Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway)
Bård Kuvaas (Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether the relationship between employees’ knowledge donating and managers’ knowledge collecting is moderated by social leader-member exchange (SLMX) and economic leader-member exchange (ELMX).

Design/methodology/approach

Data were obtained from 227 employee-leader dyads from four Norwegian organizations. Hierarchical moderated regression was used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

Even though the authors observed a positive relationship between employees’ knowledge donating and managers’ knowledge collecting, the moderation analysis revealed a positive relationship only for high levels of SLMX relationships.

Research limitations/implications

The data were cross-sectional, thus prohibiting causal inferences.

Practical implications

SLMX relationships may be particularly important for the facilitation of knowledge exchange. Managers may draw on this finding to develop their relationships with employees by means of relationship-oriented behaviors.

Originality/value

Given the importance of knowledge-sharing processes, a better understanding of the conditions under which knowledge donating related to knowledge collecting is particularly important. The present study advances knowledge on SLMX and ELMX relationships by demonstrating how SLMX moderates the association between knowledge donating and knowledge collecting.

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Citation

Dysvik, A., Buch, R. and Kuvaas, B. (2015), "Knowledge donating and knowledge collecting: The moderating roles of social and economic LMX", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 35-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-11-2012-0145

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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