Title: How Malaysian managers persuade employees' innovative behaviour?

Authors: Hadi Farid; Fatemeh Hakimian; Mohd Nazari Ismail

Addresses: Technology and Innovation Management, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2800, Lyngby, Denmark ' Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Procelænshaven 24, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark ' Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Department of Business Strategy and Policy, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abstract: The intention of this paper was to examine the impact of six selected leaders' behaviours on employees' innovative behaviour through the mediating role of leader-member exchange (LMX). A total number of 155 pairs of employees and their immediate managers participated in this study. Employees rated their managers' behaviours and managers evaluated their subordinates' innovative behaviour. Both managers and employees answered to LMX measurement. Then, the agreements of employees' and managers' LMX rating were applied based on the results of within and between analysis (WABA). The obtained data were analysed through structural equation modelling-partial least square (SEM-PLS). The findings revealed the significance of mediating role of LMX in relationship between behaviour of recognising, taking risks for change and paternalistic with employees' innovative behaviour. Thus, this study has contributed to the leadership literature in addition to providing a clear vision for Malaysian managers to increase employees' innovative behaviour via improving exchange relationship.

Keywords: employees' innovative behaviour; leaders' behaviour; leader-member exchange; paternalistic leadership; recognising behaviour; taking risk behaviour; within and between analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2017.10005806

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2017 Vol.16 No.4, pp.291 - 307

Accepted: 11 Dec 2016
Published online: 20 Jun 2017 *

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