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Knowledge management, workplace climate, creativity and performance: The role of authentic leadership

Amro Alzghoul (Department of Business Management, Girne Amerikan Universitesi, Girne, Cyprus)
Hamzah Elrehail (Department of Business Management, Emirates College for Management and Information Technology, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Okechukwu Lawrence Emeagwali (Girne Amerikan Universitesi, Girne, Cyprus)
Mohammad K. AlShboul (Emirates College for Management and Information Technology, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 17 October 2018

Issue publication date: 26 November 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims at providing empirical evidence pertaining to the interaction among authentic leadership, workplace harmony, worker's creativity and performance in the context of telecommunication sector. These research streams remain important issues and of interest as the world continues to migrate toward a knowledge-based economy.

Design/methodology/approach

Applying structural equation modeling, this study diagnosed the impact of Authentic leadership (AL) on employees (n = 345) in two Jordanian telecommunication firms, specifically, how it shapes workplace climate, creativity and job performance. The study also tests the moderating role of knowledge sharing in the model, as well as the mediating role of workplace climate on the relationship between AL and positive organizational outcomes.

Findings

The empirical result suggests that AL positively influences workplace climate, creativity and job performance; workplace climate positively influences creativity and job performance; workplace climate mediates the relationship between AL and creativity, and job performance; and knowledge sharing behavior moderates the relationship between AL and workplace climate.

Originality/value

This study highlights the magnificent power of AL and knowledge sharing, not only in shaping the workplace atmosphere but also in delineating how these variables stimulate creativity and performance among employees. The implications for research and practice are discussed.

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Citation

Alzghoul, A., Elrehail, H., Emeagwali, O.L. and AlShboul, M.K. (2018), "Knowledge management, workplace climate, creativity and performance: The role of authentic leadership", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 30 No. 8, pp. 592-612. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-12-2017-0111

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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