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The Influence of Leader Encouragement of Creativity on Innovation Speed: Findings from SEM and fsQCA

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China Institute for SMEs, Zhejiang University of Technology, Liuhe Road 288, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310023, China
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School of Business, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
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School of Management, Zhejiang University of Technology, Liuhe Road 288, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310023, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2693; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092693
Received: 25 March 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 11 May 2019
Adopting the empowerment perspective of leadership, this study proposes and examines the mediating model that leader encouragement of creativity affects innovation speed through strengthening employees’ engagement in the creative process. Using a sample of 245 participants in China, the results from structural equation modeling (SEM) suggest that the impact of leader encouragement of creativity on innovation speed is significantly mediated by creative process engagement, and positively moderated by organizational ambidexterity at the same time. Additionally, the results from fuzzy-set comparative qualitative analysis (fsQCA) with the same data set reveal that the aforementioned factors have a holistic effect on enhancing innovation speed. The results of fsQCA reinforce and refine the findings of the SEM analysis concerning the limits and conditions for how leader encouragement of creativity affects innovation speed. View Full-Text
Keywords: leader encouragement of creativity; innovation speed; creative process engagement; organizational ambidexterity leader encouragement of creativity; innovation speed; creative process engagement; organizational ambidexterity
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Cheng, C.; Cao, L.; Zhong, H.; He, Y.; Qian, J. The Influence of Leader Encouragement of Creativity on Innovation Speed: Findings from SEM and fsQCA. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2693.

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