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Title: The mediation between participative leadership and employee exploratory innovation: Examining intermediate knowledge mechanisms
Authors: Chang, Yi-Ying
Hodgkinson, Ian R.
Hughes, Paul
Chang, Che-Yuan
Keywords: Participative leadership
Coworker knowledge sharing
Employee absorptive capacity
Employee exploratory innovation
Organizational learning theory
Emerging economy
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: © Emerald Publishing Limited
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1108/LODJ-07-2018-0245
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/37300
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-07-2018-0245
ISSN: 0143-7739
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