Leading innovative endeavours: The role of leadership for learning and interpersonal justice

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To remain competitive, organizations have to increasingly rely on employees doing more work than is required by their formal job description. Therefore, it is important to understand the conditions under which employees are likely to go beyond their formal job description and engage in innovative work behaviour (IWB). Innovative work behaviour implies that employees voluntarily generate, promote and implement new ideas aimed at increasing organizational success. In this research, we investigated the interactive effect of leadership for learning and interpersonal justice on IWB in a sample of 209 employed participants by means of an online survey. As predicted, we found a positive association between leadership for learning and IWB. Importantly, we found that leadership for learning was more strongly related to IWB at higher levels of interpersonal justice than at lower levels of interpersonal justice. In practical terms, workplaces can be designed for innovation to take place. To achieve this, managers should focus on creating an environment that is supportive of learning and live up to their responsibilities of treating employees with dignity and respect.

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Schmidt, J. & Rus, D., (2018) “Leading innovative endeavours: The role of leadership for learning and interpersonal justice”, EWOP in Practice 10(1), 34–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87110

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Julia Ramona Schmidt (University of Trier)
Diana Rus orcid logo (Creative Peas)

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