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Linking humble leadership and project success: the moderating role of top management support with mediation of team-building

Mudassar Ali (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Zhang Li (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Salim Khan (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Syed Jamal Shah (Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China)
Rizwan Ullah (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 17 August 2020

Issue publication date: 6 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the impact of humble leadership on project success. The authors propose that such an effect is mediated by team-building, and top management support moderates the direct relationship (humble leadership and project success) as well as an indirect relationship through team-building.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 337 individuals employed in the information technology sector of Pakistan. A two-step approach consisting confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling was used for analysis. To examine conditional direct and indirect effects, the authors utilized model 8 in PROCESS.

Findings

The results showed that humble leadership is positively related to project success. Furthermore, team-building partially mediates the relationship between humble leadership and project success. Moreover, top management support was anticipated to have a moderating effect on the direct and indirect link (via team-building) between humble leadership and project success.

Originality/value

Drawing on the conservation of resources theory, this study found that how humble leadership is vital for project success, and thus, extends the utility of the concept of humble leadership to the project literature.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71772052)Conflict of interest statement and authors’ declaration: On behalf of all authors, I am declaring that all authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript. They warrant that the article is original work.

Citation

Ali, M., Li, Z., Khan, S., Shah, S.J. and Ullah, R. (2021), "Linking humble leadership and project success: the moderating role of top management support with mediation of team-building", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 545-562. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-01-2020-0032

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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