Voice behavior and work engagement: the moderating role of supervisor-attributed motives

Jen Wei Cheng, Kuo Ming Lu, Yi Ying Chang, Steward Johnstone

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Understanding employee voice behavior is a crucial aspect of organizing for high performance. In this paper, we extend previous studies and examine the consequences of voice behavior and boundary conditions of supervisor-attributed motives. Data for the sample was collected from 206 supervisor-subordinate pairs from a variety of companies in Taiwan. Hierarchal regression analysis was performed to test our model. The results show that voice behavior was positively related to leader-member exchange (LMX), and LMX was positively associated with work engagement. Supervisorattributed motives moderate the relationship between voice behavior and LMX. Specifically, voice behavior may more strongly influence LMX when supervisors label voice behavior as being more prosocial and less motivated by impression management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-102
Number of pages22
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • leader-member exchange
  • supervisor-attributed impression management
  • supervisor-attributed prosocial motives
  • voice behavior
  • work engagement


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