Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 116, Issue 3, pp 587–599

The Moderating Effects of Political Skill and Leader–Member Exchange on the Relationship Between Organizational Politics and Affective Commitment


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1497-x

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Kimura, T. J Bus Ethics (2013) 116: 587. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1497-x


Previous empirical studies have shown that perceptions of organizational politics are negatively related to individuals’ affective commitment. The key contribution of this study was that it found the interactive moderating effects of political skill and quality of leader–member exchange (LMX) on the relationship between perceptions of organizational politics and affective commitment. Our results indicated that politics perception affective commitment relationship was weaker when both political skill and quality of LMX are high. When only political skill is high and the quality of LMX is low, or LMX quality is high but political skill is low, the negative relationship between politics perception and affective commitment was not mitigated. Limitations and implications for future research are discussed.


Affective commitment Leader–member exchange Organizational politics Perceptions of organizational politics Political skill 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hosei UniversityTokyoJapan

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