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讲座题目:What matters is “when”: The mediating effects of cognitive persistence and flexibility on the relationships between leadership styles and employee creativity


题目:Whatmatters is “when”: The mediating effects of cognitive persistence and flexibilityon the relationships between leadership styles and employee creativity

时间2018713日星期五上午1100-1200

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报告人:Tingting Chen,香港岭南大学助理教授,博士毕业于香港城市大学。多篇文章发表在国际知名期刊上,如Journal of Organizational BehaviorJournal of Applied Social PsychologyGroup & Organization ManagementPersonnel PsychologyTingting Chen的研究兴趣主要是领导力与本土化研究。

讲座内容:

Drawingon the dual pathway to creativity model, this research examines directive-achieving leadership—a leadership style featured by hierarchical control with a training and achieving focus (Chen, Li, & Leung, 2017)—as anantecedent of cognitive persistence. We also examine transformational leadership as an antecedent of cognitive flexibility. Cognitive persistence andcognitive flexibility, in turn, mediate the relationships between the two leadership styles and employee creativity, respectively. In addition, in aproject team context, we explore the moderating effects of phase of projectteam life cycle on the relationships between the two leadership styles and thetwo cognitive processes. In the pilot study, we developed the measures ofcognitive persistence and flexibility in the work context and validated themeasure of directive-achieving leadership based on a multi-cultural sampleinvolving 119 Chinese employees and 113 German employees. In Study 1, we foundsupport for the mediation hypotheses based on a multi-cultural sample of 189 Chinese employee-supervisor dyads and 137 Anglo-Australian employee-supervisordyads. In Study 2, we found support for the moderating and moderated mediation hypotheses based on a sample of 244 team members and their team leaders from 66new product development project teams from six information technology firmslocated in China. Directive-achieving leadership had a stronger positive relationship with cognitive persistence in the late than the early team phase.In contrast, transformational leadership had a stronger positive relationship with cognitive flexibility in the early than the late team phase. Our research provides critical theoretical clarification on how different leadership stylesrelate to different cognitive mechanisms of creativity. Moreover, we shed lighton when different leadership styles are relatively more effective in promoting creativity.