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Do Transformational Leaders Engage Employees in Sustainable Innovative Work Behaviour? Perspective from a Developing Country

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School of Management, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
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Department of Human Resource Management, University of Chittagong, Chattogram 4331, Bangladesh
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Department of Management, University of Chittagong, Chattogram 4331, Bangladesh
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Bang College of Business, KIMEP University, Almaty 050010, Kazakhstan
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Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2485; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092485
Received: 11 March 2019 / Revised: 18 April 2019 / Accepted: 24 April 2019 / Published: 28 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Knowledge and Intellectual Capital Management for Sustainability)
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Abstract

Inadequate and inconclusive studies of the role of transformational leadership (TL) on employee creative process engagement (CPE) and sustainable innovative work behaviour (IWB) have motivated the authors to further advance knowledge in this aspect of the workplace. In doing so, the present study seeks to extend the understanding of innovative work behaviour by the involvement of TL and its subordinates through engaging employees in the creative process. The authors adopted the deductive reasoning approach to measure the observed relationships using structural equation modelling (SEM) through SmartPLS 2, a second-generation integrated regression model for statistical measurement. The results from self-report and others’ reported questionnaires reveal that transformational leaders can engage their subordinates in the creative process and sustainable innovative outcomes by influencing employee intrinsic motivation and proactive behaviour. However, the mediating effect of CPE on TL and IWB is not supported. Lastly, the authors discuss the findings and contributions of these empirical findings in theory and practice. In addition to the potential implications of the examined results, this study also recommends directions for further research in the light of its limitations. View Full-Text
Keywords: transformational leadership; creative process engagement; sustainable innovative work behaviour; intrinsic motivation; proactive behaviour; developing country transformational leadership; creative process engagement; sustainable innovative work behaviour; intrinsic motivation; proactive behaviour; developing country
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Yi, L.; Uddin, M.A.; Das, A.K.; Mahmood, M.; Sohel, S.M. Do Transformational Leaders Engage Employees in Sustainable Innovative Work Behaviour? Perspective from a Developing Country. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2485.

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