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Leader-member exchange and subjective well-being: The moderating role of metacognitive cultural intelligence

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posted on 03.05.2022, 01:02 by Huong Le, Zhou Jiang, Katrina Radford
Purpose: This study examines employees' metacognitive cultural intelligence as a moderator in the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) and employees' subjective well-being. Design/methodology/approach: We tested the conceptual model using regression analysis from a sample of 462 migrant workers in Australia. Findings: The results demonstrated that employees' metacognitive cultural intelligence moderated the relationship between LMX and employees' subjective well-being in such a way that the effect was stronger among those employees with lower levels of metacognitive cultural intelligence. Research limitations/implications: The cross-sectional design, with self-reporting at one point in time, could affect a causal relationship among variables, although each relationship was built on strong theoretical perspectives. However, prior research emphasizes that a single source is not considered to be an issue when interactions are examined. Practical implications: One way to improve metacognitive cultural intelligence for global leadership effectiveness could be through the introduction of diversity and cross-cultural training, such as didactic programs provided either in-house or by external institutions. Originality/value: Drawing on Conservation of Resources theory, this paper contributes to the literature by demonstrating that employees' metacognitive cultural intelligence is a boundary condition that alters the strengths of the LMX–subjective well-being relationship.

History

Volume

50

Issue

3

Start Page

954

End Page

970

Number of Pages

17

eISSN

1758-6933

ISSN

0048-3486

Publisher

Emerald

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

24/07/2020

External Author Affiliations

Flinders University; Griffith University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Personnel Review