Two of a Kind? Leader–Member Exchange and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors:
The Moderating Role of Leader–Member Similarity

Authors


Ronit Waismel-Manor, Netanya Academic College, 1 University Street, Kiryat Yitzhak Rabin, Netanya 42365, Israel. E-mail: ronitw@netanya.ac.il or Aharon Tziner, Netanya Academic College, 1 University Street, Kiryat Yitzhak Rabin, Netanya 42365, Israel. E-mail: atziner@netanya.ac.il

Abstract

This study investigates the role of similarity in ethnic origin between supervisor and employee as a potential moderator between subordinates' leader–member exchange (LMX) and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). The results support the interaction effect of supervisor–subordinate ethnic differences with LMX and OCB. As hypothesized, OCB was positively related to LMX for both ethnically similar and dissimilar dyads, but the relationship was strongest for similar dyads.

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