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Goal clarity as a link between humble leadership and project success: the interactive effects of organizational culture

Mudassar Ali (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Zhang Li (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Dilawar Khan Durrani (School of Management, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan)
Adnan Muhammad Shah (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Waqas Khuram (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)

Baltic Journal of Management

ISSN: 1746-5265

Article publication date: 30 March 2021

Issue publication date: 20 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Using the lens of conservation of resources (COR) theory, the purpose of this paper is to explore the effect of humble leadership on project success by integrating the mediating role of goal clarity. The authors also argue that organizational culture moderates these direct and indirect relationships through goal clarity.

Design/methodology/approach

Time-lagged data were collected from 329 employees in the civil construction sector of Pakistan.

Findings

The results indicate that humble leadership enhances project success through mediating and moderating mechanisms.

Research limitations/implications

The present research ends with an argument, managerial consequences, limits and guidance for future research.

Practical implications

The results influence a project-based organization on the selection and promotion of humility among project managers.

Originality/value

This research answers the following research question, which has been ignored in the literature: What are the suggested mechanisms for humble leadership in promoting project success?

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation China (71772052).I testify that the manuscript is neither submitted not under consideration of any journal.Conflict of Interest statement and authors declaration: On behalf of all authors, I am declaring that all authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript. They warrant that the article is original work.

Citation

Ali, M., Li, Z., Durrani, D.K., Shah, A.M. and Khuram, W. (2021), "Goal clarity as a link between humble leadership and project success: the interactive effects of organizational culture", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 407-423. https://doi.org/10.1108/BJM-09-2020-0341

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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