Transformational leadership and knowledge sharing Mediating roles of employee's empowerment, commitment, and citizenship behaviors Academic Article uri icon


  • PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to empirically examine the fundamental process through which transformational leaders play a significant role in employees knowledge sharing by investigating mediating roles of individual affects, particularly psychological empowerment, organizational commitment and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB).Design/methodology/approachStructural equation modeling, including confirmatory factor and path analysis, is conducted to test proposed hypothesis.FindingsThe results of this study indicate significant direct effects of transformational leadership on psychological empowerment, organizational commitment and OCB. Moreover, transformational leadership also shows an indirect effect on employees OCB, which, in turn, is identified as the primary factor that influences knowledge sharing. However, organizational commitment does not provide a significant influence on knowledge sharing. These findings highlight the importance of mediating roles, particularly OCB, to predict employees knowledge-sharing intention.Originality/valueIdentifying structural determinants of knowledge sharing is an important scholarly agenda. In particular, the mechanisms and processes by which leadership exerts influence to motivate employees to share knowledge deserve scholarly inquiry, and there, is a need for more research to understand the mechanisms and processes through which leadership influences individual motivation and attitudes toward pro-social behaviors, such as knowledge sharing.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Han, S. H., Seo, G., Yoon, S. W., & Yoon, D.

citation count

  • 81

complete list of authors

  • Han, Seung Hyun||Seo, Gaeun||Yoon, Seung Won||Yoon, Dong-Yeol

publication date

  • April 2016