Senior expatriate leadership's effects on innovation and the role of cultural intelligence

Elenkov, Detelin S.; Manev, Ivan M.
October 2009
Journal of World Business;Oct2009, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p357
Academic Journal
Abstract: We propose that senior expatriates’ visionary–transformational leadership influences the rate of innovation adoption in the organizations or units they head, but cultural intelligence moderates this relationship. Our hypotheses were tested with data from 153 senior expatriate managers and 695 subordinates from companies in all 27 countries of the European Union. We found a direct influence of senior expatriates’ visionary–transformational leadership on the rate of innovation adoption. Cultural intelligence moderates the effect of senior expatriates’ leadership on organizational innovation, but not on product-market innovation. Implications for academic research and business practice are discussed.


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