Tim O. Peterson, Professor of Management and Shontarius D. Aikens, Assistant Professor of Management (Concordia College, Moorhead) co-authored a paper titled, “Examining the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) and objective performance within higher education: An exploratory empirical study." The paper has been published in the Journal of Leadership Education. Peterson has active research in the domains of both management education and leadership. This paper intersects both domains of his work.
Examining the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) and objective performance within higher education: An exploratory empirical study
While the common suggestion in leader-member exchange (LMX) research is that there is a strong relationship between LMX and performance, a closer look at these studies reveal that the performance measures in the majority of studies are primarily subjective in nature such as performance reviews. Relatively few studies examine the LMX-objective performance (OP) relationship. The findings from those studies are not consistent subjective performance studies. While most LMX studies are conducted in a work environment, this paper adds to the literature by examining this in a higher education. The findings indicated a significantly positive regression coefficient between Professional Respect and midterm grades. Based on the results, the authors introduce the idea of the “peer leader effect” and discussed the development of peer leaders.