Date of Award

12-2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Dr. Patric R. Spence

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This thesis explored the relationship between leader member exchange and communication satisfaction. The thesis also explored the relationship between leader member exchange and perceived supervisor credibility. Leader member exchange proposes that subordinates and supervisors have high quality to low quality relationships. A number of outcomes results from the leader member relationship. High quality relationships in the organization overall have had positive outcomes for organizations. Low quality relationships usually result in negative outcomes. Results showed that a strong positive relationship exists between communication and leader member exchange. Results also demonstrated a strong positive relationship between perceived supervisor credibility and leader member exchange. These results outline the importance of communication and credibility in organizations. Further implications ofthese results are discussed.

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