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Linking authentic leadership and management capability to public hospital performance: the role of work engagement

Mohammed Aboramadan (Department of Economics, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy)
Main Naser Alolayyan (Department of Health Management and Policy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan)
Mehmet Ali Turkmenoglu (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Muş Alparslan University, Muş, Turkey)
Berat Cicek (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Muş Alparslan University, Muş, Turkey)
Caterina Farao (Department of Economics, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 8 February 2021

Issue publication date: 13 September 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose a model of the effect of both authentic leadership and management capability on hospital performance. This model proposes work engagement as an intervening mechanism between the aforesaid links.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 380 medical staff working in Jordanian Public hospitals and were analysed using the structural equation modelling analysis technique.

Findings

The results suggest that both authentic leadership and management capability have a positive effect on hospital performance. Although positive, the direct effect of management capability on performance was not significant. Furthermore, work engagement demonstrated to play a full mediation effect between management capability and hospital performance and a partial mediation effect between authentic leadership and hospital performance.

Practical implications

This study may be of use for public medical services providers in general and other services sectors in terms of the role authentic leadership and management resources can play in contributing to positive work-related outcomes at the individual and organisational levels.

Originality/value

Considering the mainstream literature in health-care management, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to date to integrate the impact of both authentic leadership and management capabilities in the public health-care sector. Further, the research model has not previously been introduced when taking into account the role that work engagement can play between the examined variables.

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Citation

Aboramadan, M., Alolayyan, M.N., Turkmenoglu, M.A., Cicek, B. and Farao, C. (2021), "Linking authentic leadership and management capability to public hospital performance: the role of work engagement", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 29 No. 5, pp. 1350-1370. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-10-2020-2436

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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