The effects of self-development motive and impression management Motive on continuous learning activity The mediating effect of Feedback seeking behavior and the moderating effect of Leader-Member Exchange quality

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YeYoung Ko
TaeYong Yoo



The first purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of self-development motive and impression management motive on continuous learning activity. The second purpose was to examine the mediating effects of feedback seeking behavior on the relationship between two motives(self-development motive, impression management motive) and continuous learning activity. The third purpose was to testify the moderating effects of the leader-member exchange quality on the two motives(self-development motive, impression management motive) and feedback seeking behavior. Using the survey research method, data were collected from 239 employees who were working in a variety of organizations in Korea. The results of this study showed that self- development motive was positively related to continuous learning activity, whereas impression management motive was not positively related to continuous learning activity. The self-development motive and impression management motive were positively related to feedback seeking behavior and feedback seeking behavior was positively related to continuous learning activity. Therefore, feedback seeking behavior had partial mediation effect on the relationship between self-development motive and continuous learning activity, and feedback seeking behavior had full mediation effect on the relationship between impression management motive and continuous learning activity. Finally, leader-member exchange(LMX) quality had moderation effect on the relationship between impression management motive and feedback seeking behavior. Specifically, the positive relationship between impression management motive and feedback seeking behavior was stronger when LMX quality was high than low. Based on these results, we discussed the implications and limitations of the study, and the suggestions for the future research.


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