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The mediation between participative leadership and employee exploratory innovation: Examining intermediate knowledge mechanisms

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posted on 22.03.2019, 12:53 by Yi-Ying Chang, Ian HodgkinsonIan Hodgkinson, Paul Hughes, Che-Yuan Chang
Purpose – This study examines the role of intermediate knowledge mechanisms on the participative leadership–employee exploratory innovation relationship using a distal mediation model. Design/methodology/approach – Deploying a time-lagged questionnaire method implemented over four business quarters, data is generated from 1600 responses in R&D units of Taiwanese technology firms. Findings – The structural equation modeling results reveal that (1) participative leadership is positively related to employee exploratory innovation; (2) coworker knowledge and (3) absorptive capacity partially mediate the relationship between participative leadership and employee exploratory innovation independently; and, (4) coworker knowledge sharing in combination with absorptive capacity partially mediates this relationship. Originality/value – The findings contribute new knowledge on the relationship between participative leadership and employee exploratory innovation by uncovering intermediate knowledge mechanisms that augment this relationship.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Leadership and Organization Development Journal

Citation

CHANG, Y-Y. ... et al, 2019. The mediation between participative leadership and employee exploratory innovation: Examining intermediate knowledge mechanisms. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 40(3), pp.334-355.

Publisher

© Emerald Publishing Limited

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

11/03/2019

Publication date

2019-05-13

Notes

This article was published in the Leadership and Organization Development Journal [© Emerald Publishing Limited] and the definitive version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-07-2018-0245

ISSN

0143-7739

Language

en