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Team leader’s conflict management styles and innovation performance in entrepreneurial teams

Jielin Yin (School of Economics and Management, Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Beijing, China)
Muxiao Jia (School of Economics and Management, Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Beijing, China)
Zhenzhong Ma (Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada)
Ganli Liao (School of Economics and Management, Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Beijing, China)

International Journal of Conflict Management

ISSN: 1044-4068

Article publication date: 30 March 2020

Issue publication date: 4 June 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate how a team leader’s conflict management style (CMS) affects team innovation performance (TIP) in entrepreneurial teams using a team emotion perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

It is proposed in this study that team passion mediates the impact of team leader’s CMSs on team performance, which is further moderated by team emotional intelligence (TEI). Then this study collected paired data from 105 teams including 105 team leaders and 411 team members to test the proposed model.

Findings

The results show that a team leader’s cooperative CMS has a significant positive impact on TIP and team passion further mediates the relationship between the team leader’s CMSs and TIP. The results also show that TEI moderates the relationship between the leader’s CMSs and team passion.

Originality/value

This study helps enriches the literature of conflict management by exploring the mechanisms through which a team leader’s CMSs affect team performance in entrepreneurial activities, and the findings of this study highlight the important role of team passion in this process. In addition, this study integrates the research on conflict management and the research on team passion in entrepreneurial teams to provide a new perspective to explore the dynamic process of entrepreneurial activities, which sheds light on the investigation of the important implications of effective conflict management in the entrepreneurship.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by the National Nature Science Fund of China project under Grant No. 71801017 and Beijing Social Science Fund project under Grant No. 18JDGLB030.

Citation

Yin, J., Jia, M., Ma, Z. and Liao, G. (2020), "Team leader’s conflict management styles and innovation performance in entrepreneurial teams", International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 373-392. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCMA-09-2019-0168

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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