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Linking sustainable leadership with sustainable project performance: mediating role of knowledge integration and moderating role of top management knowledge values

Muhammad Zada (School of Economics and Management, Hanjiang Normal University, Shiyan, China and Business School, Henan University – Minglun Campus, Kaifeng, China)
Jawad Khan (College of Management, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China and Department of Business Administration, Iqra National University, Peshawar, Pakistan)
Imran Saeed (IBMS, The University of Agriculture Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan)
Shagufta Zada (Business School, Henan University, Zhengzhou, China)
Zhang Yong Jun (Business School, Henan University – Jinming Campus, Kaifeng, China)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 28 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between sustainable leadership and sustainable project performance. Specifically, the study aims to examine the mediating role of knowledge integration, examining how knowledge integration within an organization influences project outcomes. In addition, the study seeks to explore the moderating role of top management knowledge values, examining how the values and beliefs of top management influence the relationship between sustainable leadership and project performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A three-wave survey of 392 employees working in construction sector projects in Pakistan used both hierarchical regression analysis and Hayes’ PROCESS macro method to evaluate the hypotheses.

Findings

The study results show that sustainable leadership positively relates to sustainable project performance and knowledge integration mediating this relationship. In addition, the top management knowledge value moderates the indirect effect of sustainable leadership on sustainable project performance via knowledge integration.

Research limitations/implications

Although the model was tested using three-wave data, it is important to note that the data were obtained from a single source. Therefore, it is possible that common method bias may have influenced the results, and this cannot be disregarded.

Practical implications

Organizations seek to prioritize sustainability and integrate sustainability considerations into their project management processes. Organizations can achieve improved sustainable project performance by investing in sustainable leadership development, fostering a culture of knowledge sharing and learning, prioritizing top management support for sustainable performance and integrating sustainable considerations into project management processes.

Originality/value

The study’s grounding on organizational learning theory adds an original and valuable perspective to the relationship between sustainable leadership and sustainable project performance. This investigation is original, as it combines sustainable leadership, knowledge integration and the moderating role of top management knowledge value to understand their impact on sustainable project performance. This unique approach contributes to the literature by providing new insights into these relationships and mechanisms in the construction industry.

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Acknowledgements

Corrigendum: It has come to the attention of the publisher that the article Zada, M., Khan, J., Saeed, I., Zada, S. and Yong Jun, Z. (2024), “Linking sustainable leadership with sustainable project performance: mediating role of knowledge integration and moderating role of top management knowledge values”, Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-01-2023-0019, displays Muhammad Zada and Jawad Khan’s affiliations incorrectly. This error was introduced during the submission process. Muhammad Zada is with the School of Economics and Management at Hanjiang Normal University, Shiyan, China, and Business School at Henan University – Minglun Campus, Kaifeng, China. Jawad Khan is with the College of Management at Shenzhen University China and Department of Business Administration, Iqra National University Peshawar, Pakistan. The authors sincerely apologise for this error and for any misunderstanding.

Citation

Zada, M., Khan, J., Saeed, I., Zada, S. and Yong Jun, Z. (2024), "Linking sustainable leadership with sustainable project performance: mediating role of knowledge integration and moderating role of top management knowledge values", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-01-2023-0019

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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