This paper aims to clarify the influences of transformational leadership (TL), aspects of justice and trust on knowledge sharing (KS) process after assessing the controlling role of individuals’ education and gender.
Structural equations modeling (SEM) has been applied to evaluate the degree of influence that each variable has on the others through using data collected from 353 respondents of 56 large manufacturing and service firms.
The results show that distributive justice, procedural justice and trust in leadership play mediating roles in the relationship between TL and KS behavior. TL and procedural justice have more significant effects on knowledge collecting, while trust in the leader and distributive justice have more significant effects on knowledge donating.
Future research can investigate how personal characteristics (e.g. educational level and work experience) may play moderating roles in the relationships between TL and KS processes.
From a practical perspective, the study brings a deeper understanding for directors and managers about the necessary factors to encourage and promote KS behavior in the organization.
The study findings provide a theoretical basis that can be used to analyze the relationships between TL, aspects of justice, trust and the KS process.
The authors would like to thank the Editor-in-chief and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments. The authors also thank the Collaborative Innovation Center of Chinese Industrial Finance for their support. This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 71272208.
Le, P.B. and Lei, H. (2017), "How transformational leadership supports knowledge sharing: Evidence from Chinese manufacturing and service firms", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 479-497. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-02-2017-0039
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