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Geir Thompson

Førsteamanuensis - Institutt for ledelse og organisasjon

Publikasjoner

Thompson, Geir; Buch, Robert & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Servant leadership, span of control and outcomes in a municipality context

Journal of General Management

Thompson, Geir; Buch, Robert & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Low-quality LMX Relationships, Leader Incivility, and Follower Responses

Journal of General Management, 44(1), s. 17- 26. Doi: 10.1177/0306307018788808

Thompson, Geir & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Situational leadership theory: a test from a leader-follower congruence approach

Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 39(5), s. 574- 591. Doi: 10.1108/LODJ-01-2018-0050

Purpose: Empirical tests of Hersey and Blanchard’s situational leadership theory (SLT) have demonstrated that the assessment of follower competence and commitment, critical contextual features dictating optimal leadership style, poses several problems in testing the validity of this theory. As well, most previous studies have used leader rating as the only information source in making these assessments. The purpose of this paper is to use the degree of agreement between leader rating and follower self-rating to determine follower competence and commitment, and consequently an optimal leadership style. Design/methodology/approach: Survey data collected from both supervisors and employees in business organizations in Norway were analyzed to test the predictions put forward in SLT. Findings: The results show that SLT principles are supported when leader rating and follower self-rating are congruent. However, no support was obtained for Blanchard’s suggestion to apply followers’ self-ratings of competence and commitment in the case of discrepant ratings of follower development level. But data do support the contention that leader assessment would be a better basis for providing followers with appropriate direction and support. Originality/value: So far SLT has been a very popular but as yet under-researched theory. An important contribution of the present study is by making SLT an evidence-based theory, as opposed to just being intuitively sound. As such, the authors think SLT in an updated “convergent” version should be applied in organizations and taught in leadership development programs.

Thompson, Geir; Buch, Robert & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Follower Jealousy at Work: A Test of Vecchio's Model of Antecedents and Consequences of Jealousy

Journal of Psychology, 152(1), s. 60- 74. Doi: 10.1080/00223980.2017.1407740

The present study tests the validity of Robert P. Vecchio's seminal work on antecedents and consequences of jealousy. Specifically, we examine whether antecedents such as in-group status, supervisory considerateness, and supervisory differentiation of subordinates are associated with jealousy. In addition, we examine whether jealousy is associated with the outcome variable of social loafing. Leaders (n = 73) and their followers (n = 303) working in business organizations in Norway contributed data. Multilevel analyses showed that a high-quality working relationship with one's supervisor was inversely related to reports of jealousy. In addition, supervisors who displayed high levels of considerateness, for example, by providing followers with positive emotional support, were better able to reduce subordinate jealousy. This is a novel observation since previous research failed to demonstrate such a relationship. Finally, jealousy was positively associated with social loafing, suggesting that jealous followers engaged in an active counterproductive resistance response. The present study contributes to the extant literature by identifying unexamined antecedents of jealousy and a dysfunctional behavioral response to jealousy in the form of social loafing in the workplace.

Thompson, Geir; Buch, Robert & Kuvaas, Bård (2017)

Political skill, participation in decision-making and organizational commitment

Personnel review, 46(4), s. 740- 749. Doi: 10.1108/PR-10-2015-0268 - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

Purpose Research has demonstrated that political skill is associated with leadership effectiveness. However, the field still lacks understanding of how political skill makes leaders more effective. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the political skill literature by investigating a specific mechanism through which political skill may relate to follower commitment. Design/methodology/approach The study population was drawn from 148 supervisors and 988 subordinates from top, middle and operational levels in the business organizations. Findings Structural equation model analysis showed that political skill was positively related to Participation in decision making (PDM) and PDM was positively related to organizational commitment (OC). Furthermore, political skill indirectly predicted OC via PDM. In addition, the direct relationship between political skill and OC was not significant, suggesting “full” mediation. Finally, politically skilled leaders’ desire to encourage followers to participate in decision making was amplified by their ability to build strong, beneficial alliances and coalitions, resulting in increased social capital and even greater influence. Practical implications Involving subordinates in decision processes is likely to inspire trust and confidence, promote credibility, help develop a favorable relationship with the leader and enhance pride of participation in the organization. Originality/value The findings in the present study are of great importance for future research on political skill. It may change the approach for testing the validity of the theory by focusing on influence tactics. This approach will, in the authors’ view, constitute the future research avenue for research on political skill.

Buch, Robert; Thompson, Geir & Kuvaas, Bård (2016)

Transactional leader–member exchange relationships and followers’ work performance: The moderating role of leaders’ political skill

Journal of leadership & organizational studies, 23(4), s. 456- 466. Doi: 10.1177/1548051816630227

Thompson, Geir; Glasø, Lars & Martinsen, Øyvind L. (2016)

Antecedents and Consequences of Envy

Journal of Social Psychology, 156(2), s. 139- 153. Doi: 10.1080/00224545.2015.1047439

Thompson, Geir; Glasø, Lars & Martinsen, Øyvind L. (2015)

The relationships between envy and attitudinal and behavioral outcomes at work

Scandinavian Journal of Organizational Psychology, 7(1), s. 5- 18.

Thompson, Geir & Glasø, Lars (2015)

Situational Leadership Theory: A test from three perspectives

Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 36(5), s. 527- 544. Doi: 10.1108/LODJ-10-2013-0130

Thompson, Geir & Aarset, Magne (2012)

Examining the Impact of Social Intelligence, Demographics and Context for Implementing the Dynamics of the Situational Leadership Model

Journal of International Doctoral Research, 1(1), s. 122- 142.

Thompson, Geir & Vecchio, Robert P. (2009)

Situational leadership theory: A test of three versions

Leadership Quarterly, 20(5), s. 837- 848. Doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2009.06.014

Thompson, Geir & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Superledelse

Glasø, Lars & Thompson, Geir (red.). Selvledelse: Teori, forskning og praksis

Thompson, Geir & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Selvledelse

Glasø, Lars & Thompson, Geir (red.). Selvledelse: Teori, forskning og praksis

Glasø, Lars & Thompson, Geir (2018)

Selvledelse: Teori, forskning og praksis

[Textbook]. Gyldendal Akademisk.

Thompson, Geir; Moe Thompson, Tonje, Buch, Robert & Glasø, Lars (2017)

The impact of transformational leadership and interactional justice on performance, organizational commitment and satisfaction with the leader

[Academic lecture]. The congress for the European Association for Work & Organizational Psychology.

Thompson, Geir; Buch, Robert & Glasø, Lars (2017)

Abusive supervision. Antecedents and consequences

[Academic lecture]. The congress for the European Association for Work & Organizational Psychology.

Thompson, Geir; Buch, Robert & Glasø, Lars (2017)

Servant leadership, span of control and outcomes in a municipality context

[Academic lecture]. The congress for the European Association for Work & Organizational Psychology.

Thompson, Geir & Vecchio, Robert P. (2017)

Situational Leadership Theory

Rogelberg, Steven G (red.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Second edition.

Thompson, Geir; Glasø, Lars & Ytterstad, Stig (2016)

Span of supervision, leadership style and outcomes

[Academic lecture]. International Congress of Psychology.

Thompson, Geir; Glasø, Lars & Martinsen, Øyvind L. (2016)

Antecedents and consequences of envy in organizations

[Academic lecture]. International Congress of Psychology.

Thompson, Geir & Ytterstad, Stig (2016)

Transformational leadership intervention: a quasi-experimental study in a Norwegian educational context

[Academic lecture]. International Congress of Psychology.

Thompson, Geir & Glasø, Lars (2015)

Situational leadership theory: A test from a leader-follower congruence approach

[Academic lecture]. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Thompson, Geir & Glasø, Lars (2015)

Narcissism, political skills, self-esteem and performance

[Academic lecture]. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Thompson, Geir & Li, Jane Zhen (2013)

Transformational leadership in a collectivistic society

[Academic lecture]. Leadership research conference.

Thompson, Geir (2013)

Why individuals in larger teams perform worse

[Academic lecture]. Leadership research conference.

Glasø, Lars; Li, Jane Zhen & Thompson, Geir (2013)

Transformasjonsledelse og teamprestasjoner

Glasø, Lars & Thompson, Geir (red.). Transformasjonsledelse

Glasø, Lars & Thompson, Geir (2013)

Transformasjonsledelse

[Scientific book]. Gyldendal Akademisk.

Thompson, Geir (2012)

“Self-other rating agreement: A necessary premise in situational leadership theory,”

[Academic lecture]. International Doctoral Research Centre.

Thompson, Geir & Vecchio, Robert P. (2008)

Situational Leadership Theory: A Test of Three Models

[Academic lecture]. American Psychological Society.

Akademisk grad
År Akademisk institusjon Grad
2007 Brunel University D.B.A.
1984 University of Oslo Master Cand. Polit.
Arbeidserfaring
År Arbeidsgiver Tittel
2010 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
1996 - 2010 BI Norwegian Business School Industrial Professor II
2007 - 2009 University College of Ålesund Adjunct associate professor
2004 - 2006 Fudan University Lecturer
1993 - 1996 BI Norwegian Business School Project Leader II, Centre for Leader Education