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Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Jose M. Cortina


A leadership schema is a specific type of cognitive framework that represents one’s expectations for and beliefs about leaders. It can be used by followers to understand leader behavior and respond to it. To further advance leadership schema studies, I borrow a concept from cognitive psychology called schema complexity and incorporate findings in that area into the research of leadership schemas. Specifically, I introduce a construct called leadership schema complexity (LSC) to capture important differences in followers’ understanding of leadership. I examine the antecedents of LSC in order to understand its formation and explore its proximal workplace outcomes. I conduct three studies. Study 1 is a pilot study that aims to test the LSC scale that I developed for my research. Based on the results of Study 1, I further conduct a convergent and discriminate validation study on the LSC scale in Study 2 and test my full conceptual model in Study 3.


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