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Contagious leaders and followers: Exploring multi-stage mood contagion in a leader activation and member propagation (LAMP) model

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  • Sy, Thomas
  • Choi, Jin Nam

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A theoretical framework is offered to explain mood contagion processes in groups. Specifically, we describe and test a two-stage leader activation and member propagation (LAMP) model that starts with the activation of the contagion process by leaders (Stage 1), followed by the mutual propagation of the mood among members (Stage 2). Results from 102 self-managing groups provide support for the LAMP model. Group mood convergence was negatively related to attribute diversity (in extroversion and neuroticism) between the leader and group members (Stage 1) and among group members (Stage 2). In both stages, group members’ susceptibility to emotional contagion and interpersonal attraction had positive main effects on group mood convergence, and moderated the relationship between attribute diversity and mood convergence in groups. The findings offer new insights into group mood convergence, as it unfolds over time.

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  • Sy, Thomas & Choi, Jin Nam, 2013. "Contagious leaders and followers: Exploring multi-stage mood contagion in a leader activation and member propagation (LAMP) model," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 122(2), pages 127-140.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jobhdp:v:122:y:2013:i:2:p:127-140 DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2013.06.003
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