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AI-based virtual assistant and transformational leadership in social cognitive theory perspective: a study of team innovation in construction industry

Zhang Hui (Research Center of Hubei Micro & Small Enterprises Development, School of Economics and Management, Hubei Engineering University, Xiaogan, China)
Naseer Abbas Khan (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Religions and Denominations, Qom, Iran)
Maria Akhtar (School of Management and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 8 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study social based on cognitive theory (SCT), aims to better understand how transformational leadership affects team-level knowledge sharing and absorptive ability in the construction industry. It also examines the moderating influence of the AI-based virtual assistant on the indirect relationship between transformational leadership and team innovation through knowledge sharing and absorptive ability at the team level.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a simple random sample approach to gather data from several small and medium-sized construction firms in Anhui Province, China. A total of 407 respondents, including 89 site engineers and 321 team members, provided their responses on a five-point Likert scale questionnaire.

Findings

The findings showed that AI-based virtual assistants significantly moderated the direct and indirect association between transformational leadership and knowledge sharing, and subsequently with team innovation. Unexpectedly, the findings showed that AI-based virtual assistant did not moderate the direct relationship between transformational leadership and team-level absorptive capacity.

Originality/value

This study adds a fresh perspective to the literature on construction management by examining team innovation driven by transformational leadership through an underlying mechanism. It is unique in that it uses the team adaptation theory to investigate the understudied relationship between transformational leadership and team innovation in the construction industry.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by the National Social Science Fund of China (23BGL307).

Citation

Hui, Z., Khan, N.A. and Akhtar, M. (2024), "AI-based virtual assistant and transformational leadership in social cognitive theory perspective: a study of team innovation in construction industry", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2023-0241

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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