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Exploring leader -member exchange and organizational citizenship behavior in a college setting: The influence of the fraternity housemother


2005 2005

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This study examined the impact of housemothers in an all-male national Greek fraternity. Specifically, it asked if the link established between Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and Organizational Citizenship Behavior (OCB) in the workplace is also present in organizational settings on college campuses, an important question because the housemother is an organizational leader whose voice is missing in both the college and leadership literature and because the housemother is often overlooked as a source of support in helping counteract fraternity problems like alcohol abuse and hazing.

This study used LMX7 and OCB measures to establish that there was a correlation between the LMX of a housemother and fraternity member and his organizational citizenship behaviors. A survey that included Likert scales and demographic questions was used to measure perceptions of satisfaction with various aspects of fraternity living and to determine if fraternity chapters experience fewer problems with alcohol abuse and hazing if a housemother is present.

The preliminary study surveyed 218 undergraduate and alumni members of the fraternity at its biennial national convention. The survey was replicated with 204 undergraduate members of the same fraternity in four Midwestern chapters (two with housemothers and two without). The researcher personally administered the surveys at all locations. The researcher also traveled to five Midwestern chapters of the fraternity where she interviewed five housemothers to explain the outcomes of the quantitative studies.

In addition to establishing that there was a correlation between the LMX of a housemother and fraternity member and that member's organizational citizenship behaviors, important findings included fraternity members reporting a higher incidence of chapters forbidding alcohol in their houses if a housemother was present and the members' reported belief that a housemother was one of the factors that makes a positive difference in the fraternity.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher education
Classification
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education, Fraternity, Housemother, Leader-member exchange, Organizational citizenship, Student affairs
Title
Exploring leader -member exchange and organizational citizenship behavior in a college setting: The influence of the fraternity housemother
Author
Kalkowski, Kay Lynn
Number of pages
216
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 66/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542287572, 0542287579
Advisor
Fritz, Susan M.
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3186860
ProQuest document ID
305461532
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305461532
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