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Transformational Leadership and Innovativeness:The Mediating Role of Organizational Learning


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1 Department of Management, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur (West Bengal), India
     

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The Role of transformational leadership in enhancing firm's innovativeness has become important to secure a sustainable competitive edge. This study attempts to explore this relationship by introducing organizational learning as a mediator. The data were collected from 321 participants belonging to public/government organizations in India through survey research using structured interview schedule. The findings confirm organizational learning to be an important factor that cannot be ignored if a firm wishes to enhance its innovative capability. Transformational leadership style promotes employees to accumulate tacit knowledge and use it productively, which is only possible when a firm develops the capacity to learn. This accumulated knowledge can further be utilized to enhance ability to anticipate the future and respond to customers' demands through products based on their innovation capability. The implications of the results for academics and practitioners are discussed.

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Transformational Leadership, Organizational Learning, Innovativeness, Mediation, Smart PLS.
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Authors

Rahul Raj
Department of Management, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Kailash B. L. Srivastava
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur (West Bengal), India

Abstract


The Role of transformational leadership in enhancing firm's innovativeness has become important to secure a sustainable competitive edge. This study attempts to explore this relationship by introducing organizational learning as a mediator. The data were collected from 321 participants belonging to public/government organizations in India through survey research using structured interview schedule. The findings confirm organizational learning to be an important factor that cannot be ignored if a firm wishes to enhance its innovative capability. Transformational leadership style promotes employees to accumulate tacit knowledge and use it productively, which is only possible when a firm develops the capacity to learn. This accumulated knowledge can further be utilized to enhance ability to anticipate the future and respond to customers' demands through products based on their innovation capability. The implications of the results for academics and practitioners are discussed.

Keywords


Transformational Leadership, Organizational Learning, Innovativeness, Mediation, Smart PLS.

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