Title: What matters most to work engagement in the R&D context? Leadership styles or organisational learning?

Authors: Wong Quin Seng; Ong Choon Hee

Addresses: Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia ' Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Abstract: The research intent of this study is to investigate the effects of leadership styles and organisational learning on work engagement in the research and development (R&D) context. Quantitative data were collected from 132 participants and analysed using partial least squares-structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) method. It was discovered that organisational learning has a positive relationship with work engagement. However, transformational leadership, transactional leadership and authentic leadership were found not significantly related to work engagement. This study recommends leaders develop and nurture their organisation's learning capabilities and culture to enhance work engagement. Consequently, employees would have a higher degree of devotion to their works if they believe that there are sufficient opportunities for personal learning and growth. The present study fills the gap by conducting this research in the R&D context where it is still scarce in Malaysia.

Keywords: work engagement; leadership styles; organisational learning, research and development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2021.10039902

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2021 Vol.12 No.2, pp.170 - 187

Received: 30 Jun 2020
Accepted: 17 Jun 2021

Published online: 01 Sep 2021 *

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