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Transformational leadership and creativity: A meta‐analytic review and identification of an integrated model
Journal of Organizational Behavior (2019)
  • Dohyoung Koh, Sogang University
  • Kyootai Lee, Saint Petersburg State University
  • Kailash Joshi, University of Missouri–St. Louis
We conduct a meta‐analytic review that yields important insights about the existing research on transformational leadership and creativity. Additionally, we propose and test an integrated model using meta‐analytic structural equation modeling (MASEM) and full information MASEM (FIMASEM) techniques to better understand the intervening mechanism through which transformational leadership acts on creativity. The results of the meta‐analysis of 127 studies show that most of the bivariate relationships among transformational leadership, employee creativity, and pre‐identified mediators are significant; further, geographic base of studies significantly moderates some of the relationships. The MASEM results indicate that several mediators intervene in the relationship between transformational leadership and creativity. Although the total effect of transformational leadership on creativity is positive, its direct effect is negative when mediators are included. Additionally, there are significant relationships among the mediators that can be theoretically supported, but have not been investigated in prior transformational leadership and creativity studies. On the basis of these findings, we provide conclusions and directions for future studies.
Publication Date
July 1, 2019
Citation Information
Dohyoung Koh, Kyootai Lee and Kailash Joshi. "Transformational leadership and creativity: A meta‐analytic review and identification of an integrated model" Journal of Organizational Behavior Vol. 40 Iss. 6 (2019) p. 625 - 650
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