The Dark Side of Partnership: What High LMX May Speak Up and It’s Implications for High-Performance Work System

  • Lei Huang
  • Fang Liu
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 117)


This study looks at the social exchange process between leaders and subordinates to examine a partnership-oriented relationship between leaders and members. We examine the relationship between high quality of leader-member exchange (LMX) and subordinates’ turnover intention (TI) in a Chinese context. We extend current research by empirically testing that subordinates’ satisfaction on career advancement opportunities moderates a U-Shaped relationship between LMX and TI. Hierarchical regression results supported our hypotheses and thus implied a dark side of partnership especially within high-performance work system where partnership is assumed to be highly efficient. Directions for future research are discussed.


Partnership Leader-member exchange Dark side Turnover intention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementAnhui University of TechnologyMaanshanChina

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