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Leading the innovation: role of trust and job crafting as sequential mediators relating servant leadership and innovative work behavior

Muhammad Mumtaz Khan (Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University , Karachi, Pakistan) (Department of Business Studies, Bahria Business School, Bahria University Karachi Campus , Karachi, Pakistan)
Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik (College of Business Management, Institute of Business Management , Karachi, Pakistan)
Tahir Islam (School of Economics and Management, Tongji University , Shanghai, China) (Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University , Karachi, Pakistan)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 8 September 2020

Issue publication date: 12 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to ascertain the role of servant leadership in causing innovative work behavior. The study also examines the mediating role of job crafting and sequential mediating role of trust and job crafting between servant leadership and innovative work behavior.

Design/methodology/approach

The data were collected from 258 knowledge workers employed in software houses in Pakistan through survey design. The data analysis was done through structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results of the analysis of 258 respondents show that servant leadership is related with trust, job crafting and innovative work behavior. The mediation analysis revealed that job crafting mediates the relation between servant leadership and innovative work behavior. Finally, the relation between servant leadership and innovative work behavior was found to be sequentially mediated by trust and job crafting.

Originality/value

The current study contributes to delineating the linking mechanism between servant leadership and innovative work behavior. The main contributions of the study are exploring the mediating role of job crafting along with the sequential mediating role of trust and job crafting.

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Citation

Khan, M.M., Mubarik, M.S. and Islam, T. (2021), "Leading the innovation: role of trust and job crafting as sequential mediators relating servant leadership and innovative work behavior", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 1547-1568. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-05-2020-0187

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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