Management Innovation and Leadership: The Moderating Role of Organizational Size

24 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011

See all articles by Ignacio G. Vaccaro

Ignacio G. Vaccaro

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Justin J. P. Jansen

Rotterdam School of Management

Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

H. W. Volberda

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Date Written: January 2012

Abstract

Recent research on management innovation, i.e. new managerial processes, practices, or structures that change the nature of managerial work, suggests it can be an important source of competitive advantage. In this study, we focus on management innovation at the organization level and investigate the role of leadership behaviour as a key antecedent. Due to its prominent role within organizations, top management has the ability to greatly influence management innovation. In particular, we focus on leadership behaviour and examine transformational and transactional leadership. Additionally, as contextual variables like organizational size may influence the impact of leadership, we investigate its moderating role. Findings show that both leadership behaviours contribute to management innovation. Interestingly, our study indicates that smaller, less complex, organizations benefit more from transactional leadership in realizing management innovation. On the other hand, larger organizations need to draw on transformational leaders to compensate for their complexity and allow management innovation to flourish.

Keywords: innovation, management innovation, organizational size, transactional leadership, transformational leadership

Suggested Citation

Vaccaro, Ignacio G. and Jansen, Justin J. P. and Van Den Bosch, Frans A. J. and Volberda, Henk W., Management Innovation and Leadership: The Moderating Role of Organizational Size (January 2012). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 28-51, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1973840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2010.00976.x

Ignacio G. Vaccaro (Contact Author)

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Justin J. P. Jansen

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Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship ( email )

RSM Erasmus University
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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Henk W. Volberda

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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Room T08-21
3000 DR Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands
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3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

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