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Transactional leadership matters in green creative behaviour through workplace learning and green knowledge management: moderating role of social network sites use

Xuerui Cai (Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan, China)
Naseer Abbas Khan (Department of Industrial Economics and Project Management, South Ural State University National Research University, Celabinsk, Russian Federation)
Olga Egorova (Department of Industrial Economics and Project Management, South Ural State University National Research University, Celabinsk, Russian Federation)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 20 February 2023

Issue publication date: 26 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the predictive influence of transactional leadership on employee green creative behaviour (GCB) and the mediating role of workplace learning and green knowledge management (GKM) in this relationship. Based on the leader–member exchange (LMX) theory. This study also uses moderated mediation analysis to investigate social networking sites (SNS) use as a moderator to better understand the indirect relationship between transactional leadership and employee GCB.

Design/methodology/approach

The data for this quantitative study were collected using a time-lag technique, with two time waves apart by two months. The final sample for the study included 294 employee–supervisor dyads from small and medium-sized tourism enterprises in the north eastern part of China.

Findings

Findings supported the study's proposed hypotheses, indicating that transactional leadership has a significant impact on workplace learning and GKM, as well as a significant role of mediators (workplace learning and GKM) in the relationship between transactional leadership and employee GCB. Furthermore, SNS use significantly moderated the impact of both mediators in establishing a link between transactional leadership and employee GCB.

Originality/value

This study offers new perspectives and insights for entrepreneurs, decision-makers, academics and tourism sector experts by identifying and putting into practise the predictive role of transactional leadership in innovative behaviours. This study also suggests that small and mid-sized travel agencies should focus on workplace learning, GKM and SNS use to promote environment-friendly creative employee behaviour.

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Citation

Cai, X., Khan, N.A. and Egorova, O. (2024), "Transactional leadership matters in green creative behaviour through workplace learning and green knowledge management: moderating role of social network sites use", Personnel Review, Vol. 53 No. 2, pp. 317-335. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-12-2020-0894

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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