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Frugal-based innovation model for sustainable development: technological and market turbulence

Qaisar Iqbal (Center for China-India-Pakistan Studies, Sichuan University of Science and Engineering , Zigong, China) (School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia , George Town, Malaysia)
Noor Hazlina Ahmad (School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia , George Town, Malaysia)
Zeyun Li (School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia , George Town, Malaysia)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 2 February 2021

Issue publication date: 20 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study draws on the upper echelon perspective and effectuation theory to put insights on the relationship between sustainable leadership and sustainable performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The study had adopted the cluster-sampling approach to collect data from 500 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) established in China and India with 46.60% response rate. The SmartPLS 3.0 was employed for data analysis.

Findings

This study verified the mediating role of frugal innovation in emerging markets. Both market and technological turbulence significantly moderated the sustainable leadership-frugal innovation relationship. Nevertheless, the effect of sustainable leadership on frugal innovation did not vary for the different values of entrepreneurial bricolage.

Originality/value

This article contributes by revealing the moderating effect of market and technological turbulence as moderator. Greater market and technological turbulence led to greater impact of sustainable leadership practices on frugal innovation.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia for funding this research under grant no FRGS 203/PMGT/6711700.

Citation

Iqbal, Q., Ahmad, N.H. and Li, Z. (2021), "Frugal-based innovation model for sustainable development: technological and market turbulence", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 396-407. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-06-2020-0256

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