Title: Correlations of knowledge-sharing intention between different enterprise types and leadership styles

Authors: Wen-Bao Lin

Addresses: National Kaohsiung Normal University, Department of Business Management, 802, No. 116, Heping 1st Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Abstract: This study focuses on the correlation of knowledge-sharing intention between family enterprises' and non-family enterprises' leadership styles by taking emotional labour and knowledge inertia as moderating variables. It selects the largest 500 family enterprises and 1,000 non-family enterprises among service industries in Taiwan as the basis of survey and adopts the analytical methods of statistical data and nonlinear fuzzy artificial neural network model. The empirical results: compared with the leaders of non-family enterprises, the leaders of family enterprises are more suitable for the adoption of transformation leadership style; compared with the leaders of non-family enterprises, the leaders of family enterprises have less intention in respect of promotion of knowledge sharing between different departments and divisions; the emotional labour is a factor in the leaders' intention in respect of promotion of knowledge sharing between different departments and divisions; compared with transformation leadership style, transaction leadership style has less intention in respect of promotion of knowledge sharing between different departments and divisions due to the moderating of knowledge inertia.

Keywords: leadership styles; emotional labour; knowledge inertia; knowledge sharing intention; enterprise types; emotion; Taiwan; fuzzy logic; artificial neural networks; ANNs; nonlinear modelling; transformational leadership; transactional leadership; family firms; family businesses; non-family firms.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2016.10000467

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2016 Vol.20 No.4, pp.437 - 460

Received: 22 Apr 2015
Accepted: 05 Jun 2015

Published online: 06 Oct 2016 *

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