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Modeling knowledge sharing and team performance: The interactions of ethical leadership and ambidexterity with politics and job complexity

Min-Ling Liu (Institute of Business and Management, National Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Chieh-Peng Lin (Institute of Business and Management, National Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Sheng-Wuu Joe (Department of Business Administration, Vanung University, Zhongli, Taiwan)
Kuang-Jung Chen (Department of Applied English, Chihlee University of Technology, New Taipei City, Taiwan)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 26 October 2018

Issue publication date: 5 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

To deepen our understanding about the development of team performance, the purpose of this paper is to develop a model that explains how ambidexterity and ethical leadership affect knowledge sharing and team performance through within-team competition.

Design/methodology/approach

This study demonstrates the applicability of ambidexterity and within-team competition by surveying 78 teams from the high-tech and banking industries. This study further presents a three-way interaction among ambidexterity, politics and job complexity.

Findings

This study finds that both ambidexterity and ethical leadership are positively related to knowledge sharing and team performance through the mediation of team development competition.

Originality/value

This study confirms that ambidexterity and ethical leadership play critical factors for improving knowledge sharing and team performance through the mediation of team development competition. Furthermore, the moderating effects of politics and job complexity are also confirmed in the research.

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Citation

Liu, M.-L., Lin, C.-P., Joe, S.-W. and Chen, K.-J. (2019), "Modeling knowledge sharing and team performance: The interactions of ethical leadership and ambidexterity with politics and job complexity", Management Decision, Vol. 57 No. 7, pp. 1472-1495. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-01-2017-0052

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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