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The impact of transformational leadership on employees’ creativity: The mediating role of perceived organizational support

Taghrid S. Suifan (Business Management, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Ayman Bahjat Abdallah (Business Management, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Marwa Al Janini (Business Management, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 15 January 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of transformational leadership on employees’ creativity in the Jordanian banking sector through the mediating effect of perceived organizational support.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on survey data collected from 369 employees working in Jordanian banks. Validity and reliability analyses were performed, and direct and indirect effects were tested using structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results indicate that transformational leadership positively affects some dimensions of employees’ creativity and perceived organizational support. However, perceived organizational support is found to not be significantly related to some dimensions of employees’ creativity. Additionally, the mediating effect of perceived organizational support on the relationship between transformational leadership and some dimensions of employees’ creativity is found to not be significant.

Originality/value

This paper is one of the first to examine the relationship between transformational leadership and employees’ creativity through perceived organizational support, especially in an Arab country and in the banking sector.

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Citation

Suifan, T.S., Abdallah, A.B. and Al Janini, M. (2018), "The impact of transformational leadership on employees’ creativity: The mediating role of perceived organizational support", Management Research Review, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 113-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-02-2017-0032

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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