Empirical Research on Ethical Leadership and Knowledge Workers’ Innovative Behaviour: the Mediating Role of Job Autonomy

Authors

  • Hong Zhang, Muhammad Shahid Khan

Keywords:

ethical leadership, job autonomy, knowledge workers, innovative behaviour

Abstract

This research studied the mediating role of job autonomy in the relationship between ethical
leadership and knowledge workers’ innovative behaviour based on self-determination theory.
Data were collected from 377 knowledge workers in the IT industry in Sichuan, Henan, and
Guangdong province, China. A conceptual model was constructed and tested with the statistical
software SMART-PLS. This paper concludes that job autonomy effectively mediates ethical
leadership and knowledge workers’ innovative behaviour. The findings also reveal the strong
and positive impact of ethical leadership on knowledge workers’ innovative behaviour. This
paper enriched the leadership literature and extended the understanding of the predictors of
employee innovative behaviour

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Published

2024-03-02

How to Cite

Hong Zhang, Muhammad Shahid Khan. (2024). Empirical Research on Ethical Leadership and Knowledge Workers’ Innovative Behaviour: the Mediating Role of Job Autonomy. Utilitas Mathematica, 120, 1501–1514. Retrieved from https://utilitasmathematica.com/index.php/Index/article/view/1896

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