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The impact of transformational leadership on employee creativity: the role of learning orientation

Jeevan Jyoti (Department of Commerce, University of Jammu, Jammu, India)
Manisha Dev (Department of Commerce, University of Jammu, Jammu, India)

Journal of Asia Business Studies

ISSN: 1558-7894

Article publication date: 5 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This research aims to explore the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity. In addition, we intend to study the moderating role played by learning orientation in the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity.

Design/methodology/approach

Data have been collected from employees working at the Airtel and Aircel call centers of J&K (India). A two-step approach to structural equation modeling (SEM) was applied. Confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to assess the proposed measurement model fit and construct validity. The structural model was generated to test the significance of the theoretical relationships.

Findings

The results revealed that there is a positive relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity, and it is being moderated by learning orientation.

Research limitations/implications

Although this study expands our knowledge about the role of learning orientation between transformational leadership and employee creativity, the prospects for further research are still present. The cross-sectional design of study might not have been able to extract the true essence of the cause-and-effect relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity.

Practical implications

Transformational leaders promote followers’ creativity, so the management may find it valuable to invest in transformational leadership training for supervisors and team leaders, or use personality testing to screen for high-caliber candidates, who have high potential of becoming a transformational leader. The characteristics of a transformational leader, when coupled with the learning orientation of employees, yield positive results in the form of employee creativity, which managers can use to generate sustainable competitive advantages for their organizations.

Originality/value

This paper is original, as it contributes to existing theory by establishing the moderating role played by learning orientation in between transformational leadership and employee creativity. The moderation has been proved via SEM with the help of latent constructs, which is seldom done.

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Citation

Jyoti, J. and Dev, M. (2015), "The impact of transformational leadership on employee creativity: the role of learning orientation", Journal of Asia Business Studies, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 78-98. https://doi.org/10.1108/JABS-03-2014-0022

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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