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Mediating and moderating effects of task interdependence and creative role identity behind innovation for service: evidence from China and Australia

Mingjun Yang (La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
Tuan Luu (Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)
David Qian (Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 27 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Innovation for service contributes to service quality and customer satisfaction, and further benefits service-centered organizations to sustain competitive advantages. However, concurrent mediating and moderating mechanisms underlying innovation for service at both the group and individual levels have been scarcely investigated. The purpose of this study is to explore multilevel mediating and moderating mechanisms behind the relationship between dual-level transformational leadership (TFL) and innovation for service at the group and individual levels.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from two countries (i.e. China and Australia). Multilevel structural equation modeling was employed to validate the research model. Bootstrapping with 5,000 replications and latent moderated structural equation modeling were used to respectively examine the mediating and moderating mechanisms.

Findings

The cross-national results showed that task interdependence and creative role identity respectively played as the group-level and individual-level mediating roles between TFL and innovation for service. It was also found that task interdependence played as a cross-level predictor enhancing individual innovation for service. Task interdependence was a moderator on the relationship between individual-level TFL and creative role identity among Australian employees, but not among Chinese employees. The relationship between creative role identity and individual innovation for service was not moderated by task interdependence among both Chinese and Australian employees.

Originality/value

This study contributes to advancing the TFL–innovation research through revealing dual-level TFL as the antecedent of innovation for service at both the group and individual levels. It also extends the understandings of the mediating and moderating mechanisms behind this dual-level relationship between TFL and innovation for service.

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Acknowledgements

The authors express heartfelt thanks to the two anonymous referees for their constructive comments. Special appreciation also goes to the editor of this paper, Professor Thomas Lange, for his valuable support for this paper.

Citation

Yang, M., Luu, T. and Qian, D. (2022), "Mediating and moderating effects of task interdependence and creative role identity behind innovation for service: evidence from China and Australia", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-05-2022-0243

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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