Department of Communication Studies
The mediating role of perceived cooperative communication in the relationship between interpersonal exchange relationships and perceived group cohesion
This study develops a multilevel model to advance research on interpersonal exchange relationships among supervisors, subordinates, and coworkers by integrating leader-member exchange (LMX), team-member exchange (TMX), and perceived cooperative communication. The model was tested by using hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) with data obtained from a sample of 375 manager-employee dyads working in 48 groups in Malaysia. At the individual level, LMX was found to be related to TMX; at the team-level, the relationship between the LMX-perceived cohesion link and the TMX-perceived cohesion link was mediated by perceived cooperative communication. These findings validated the proposed model and, in particular, empirically confirmed the central role of communication in LMX processes in workgroups. Practical implications are discussed. © The Author(s) 2013.
cooperative communication, group cohesion, leader-member exchange, team-member exchange
Source Publication Title
Management Communication Quarterly
Link to Publisher's Edition
Abu Bakar, H., & Sheer, V. (2013). The mediating role of perceived cooperative communication in the relationship between interpersonal exchange relationships and perceived group cohesion. Management Communication Quarterly, 27 (3), 443-465. https://doi.org/10.1177/0893318913492564