Volume 16, Number 4, Winter 2013

CONTENTS
REGULAR ARTICLES

The Gospel According to Merit: From Virtue to Rationality
to Production ...................................................................................................... 449
J. F. Anderson

The Influence of Leader-Member Exchange Relations on
Employee Engagement and Work Role Performance .............................. 465
S. Chaurasia and A. Shukla

SYMPOSIUM

Symposium on Models of Rationality and Decision Making in
Organizations: Part II ....................................................................................... 494
D. Secchi

Trust As a Mechanism to Increase Individual "Docility": A
Theoretical Approach ...................................................................................... 495
P. Ossola

Socially Distributed Cognition and Intra-Organizational
Bandwagon: Theoretical Framework, Model, and Simulation ................ 521
D. Secchi and E. Bardone

ABSTRACT. Bandwagon refers to the adoption of popular ideas, thoughts, or
practices. Although the inter-organizational (macro) dynamics of the
phenomenon have been widely studied, its intra-organizational (micro)
aspects have received limited attention. The paper presents a theoretical
framework and a model that address intra-organizational aspects of
bandwagon drawing on distributed cognition, social relationships, and other
elements of the organizational structure such as culture and defensive
routines. The analysis of simulated data from the model suggests that the
phenomenon is likely to decrease with highly informal culture, promotion of
advice taking and giving, low levels of distrust, strong social ties, and
minimal defensive routines.

ABSTRACT. The paper aims to establish the relationship between leader
member exchange (LMX) relationship and work role performance through
the dynamic process of employee engagement. The study outlines why and
how leadership is important for employee engagement and effective work
role performance. Adopting a survey based research design, a sample of
198 Indian working managers at different levels including various sectors
has supported our hypotheses that employee engagement mediates the
relations between LMX and work role performance. It provides empirical
insights about how employee engagement process influences the LMX and
work role performance relationships. The results also suggest that high
quality relationship of employees with their leaders is positively related to
employee engagement and their work role performance.

ABSTRACT. In order to reach their goals organizations need to establish
relationships with other organizations, and cooperate with them. The
success of such initiatives relies on the exchange of suggestions, advice,
and information. This behavior has been labeled as 'docile' (word borrowed
from the work of the late Herbert Simon). This paper elaborates on
determinants of docile behavior and introduces a model that is based on
trust mechanisms. The theoretical model supports the claim that trust
enhances the likelihood that docile behavior appears. The study also shows
that organizations may benefit from higher levels of docility that increase the
chances of success when cooperation and external partnerships are
established.

ABSTRACT. The meaning of merit is complex and ambiguous. Originally
defined as personal virtue, merit has evolved through scientific rationality
into a measure of production, all the while retaining the nuance of moral
virtue. The result of this "gospel of merit" is a framework where the value of
a human being is derived from organizational performance rather than
individual character.

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