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Transformational leadership and corporate entrepreneurship: Cross-level mediation moderation evidence

Yi-Ying Chang (Business Administration, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan)
Che-Yuan Chang (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan)
Chung-Wen Chen (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine how transformational leadership may relate to corporate entrepreneurship by adopting a multilevel approach. The authors also theorized and tested the top-down and bottom-up intermediate process linking transformational leadership and corporate entrepreneurship.

Design/methodology/approach

Multisource data across different timeframes were collected from 129 managers and 244 employees from 55 units of 27 firms.

Findings

The results showed that transformational leadership and corporate entrepreneurship were positively related at the unit level. Furthermore, unit-level collective efficacy mediated the relationship between unit-level transformational leadership and unit-level corporate entrepreneurship. The authors also found that the firm-level empowerment climate moderated the indirect effect of unit-level collective efficacy on the relationship between unit transformational leadership and unit-level corporate entrepreneurship.

Originality/value

First, the goal of this study is to extend the single focus of transformational leadership on corporate entrepreneurship (e.g. Ling et al., 2008) and develop a more thoughtful approach on determining how transformational leaders influence corporate entrepreneurship across levels. This study responds to calls for research to look at the impact of unit-level transformational leaders, such as middle managers, across levels (Ren and Guo, 2011) and creates a multilevel framework in which transformational leaders at the unit level influence the appearance of corporate entrepreneurship at the unit level.

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Citation

Chang, Y.-Y., Chang, C.-Y. and Chen, C.-W. (2017), "Transformational leadership and corporate entrepreneurship: Cross-level mediation moderation evidence", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 38 No. 6, pp. 812-833. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-10-2015-0219

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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