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Volume 74 Issue 2 (June 2001), Pages 125-251

Subordinates' information inquiry: Exploring the effect of perceived leadership style and individual differences (pages 221-232)

An argument is developed and tested that a superior's perceived leadership style affects subordinates' information inquiry in an organizational setting. Transformational and transactional leadership theories were utilized to postulate that the content and frequency of information sought by a subordinate from his/her superior will vary depending on that superior's leadership style. This relationship was tested with individual difference predictors such as job‐related tolerance for ambiguity, organization‐based self‐esteem, and work‐domain goal orientation of subordinates, in mind. Empirical results, based on the field study using survey data and longitudinal checklist recording, show general support for the model.

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