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The mutual impact of university president’s leadership and organizational justice on knowledge sharing: the mediating effect of communication

Soo Jung Kim (Institute for Educational Research, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Youjin Jang (Department of Educational Technology, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Myunghyun Yoo (Department of Educational Technology, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Ji Hoon Song (Department of Educational Technology, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 24 May 2021

Issue publication date: 22 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to empirically examine the mediating effect of organizational communication in the relationships among transformational leadership, organizational justice and knowledge sharing within the higher education setting in South Korea.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 321 university employees, including 151 faculty members and 170 administrative staff members, from a representative private university, participated in the survey as part of a consulting project for university innovation. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was mainly used for data analysis to identify the structural relationship among the research variables.

Findings

The results of this study confirmed that transformational leadership positively influences organizational justice and knowledge sharing. However, the influence of organizational justice on knowledge sharing was not statistically significant. The mediating effect of organizational communication among those relationships to increase the members’ knowledge sharing behavior was statistically significant.

Originality/value

In this study, holistic aspects of the organization, including leadership, organizational culture and organizational strategy, were examined for encouraging employees’ knowledge sharing behavior while an organization undergoes innovational changes. More practically, this study suggested that organizational communication could be used as one of the critical strategies in the process of university innovation.

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Citation

Kim, S.J., Jang, Y., Yoo, M. and Song, J.H. (2021), "The mutual impact of university president’s leadership and organizational justice on knowledge sharing: the mediating effect of communication", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 53 No. 3, pp. 268-282. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-08-2020-0094

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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