To address this question, this study aims to drew from resource-based view to examine the mediating role organisational innovation in the relationship between change-oriented leadership and organisational performance.
Given that the unit of analysis is an organisation, 219 principal officers, including Presidents/Rectors, Vice Presidents/Vice-Rectors, Registrars and Deans, were invited to complete the survey on behalf of their universities.
Results of the partial least squares structural equation modelling confirmed the positive relationship between change-oriented leadership and university performance. The results provide evidence that organisational innovation directly facilitates university performance. As expected, the relationship between change-oriented leadership and university performance was found to be mediated by organisational innovation.
Overall, this study successfully modelled organisational innovation as an underlying mechanism behind the change-oriented leadership – university performance relationship, thereby by testing resource-based theory in Saudi Arabian context. From a practical perspective, results suggest that to improve their performance is imperative for executive leaders in Saudi universities to focus on several specific work design strategies, obtaining feedback about their change-oriented leadership style from followers.
Whilst there has been a considerable amount of research emphasising the importance of change-oriented leadership, there has been little research linking this fundamental aspect of leadership to organisational performance. Yet an understanding of the possible mechanisms behind this linkage has not received attention.
The authors acknowledge the numerous anonymous reviewers who generously offered them thoughtful, constructive feedback.
Declaration of interest statement: Authors, hereby, declare that this work was conducted without any financial interests and that no financial benefits have been derived from the direct applications of authors research.
Funding: Author received no funding for this study.
Data availability statement: To promote open science and encourage reproducibility of this study, the data set for this study is included in authors supplementary materials. Further inquiries may be directed to the corresponding author.
AlAnazi, A.A., Kura, K.M., Suleiman, E.S. and Abubakar, R.A. (2022), "Mediating effect of organisational innovation in the prediction of change-oriented leadership on organisational performance", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 138-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-03-2021-0051
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