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MODELING THE LINK BETWEEN LEADER-MEMBER EXCHANGE AND INDIVIDUAL INNOVATIVENESS IN R&D

Conference paper
Authors Leif Denti
Sven Hemlin
Published in Academy of Management The informal economy Boston 2012
Volume 2012
Publication year 2012
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords ledarskap, kreativitet, innovation
Subject categories Applied Psychology

Abstract

This study models individual characteristics, leader-member exchange, and organizational support in relationship to individual innovativeness in highly complex research and development (R&D) settings. The paper reports on a survey of 166 R&D team members, 43 team leaders, and 10 department managers in five Swedish industrial organizations. Innovative behavior was measured using quantitative indicators (e.g., new patent applications, new products, and scientific and other publications) and team leaders’ ratings. Personal initiative predicted individual innovative behavior, while intrinsic motivation and leadership (conceptualized by leader-member exchange theory) did not. A mediating effect was found where leader-member exchange was associated with innovation through the personal initiative of team members. Organizational support moderated the relationship between leader-member exchange and individuals’ personal initiative. High organizational support strengthened the relationship.

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