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

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  • Elenkov, Detelin S.
  • Manev, Ivan M.
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    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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    Volume (Year): 44 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 357-369

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    Keywords: Senior expatriates Leadership Innovation Cultural intelligence;

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    1. Li, Xiaoying & Wang, Jue & Liu, Xiaming, 2013. "Can locally-recruited R&D personnel significantly contribute to multinational subsidiary innovation in an emerging economy?," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 639-651.
    2. Li-Yueh Lee & Veasna Sou, 2013. "The Antecedents of Innovation Climate: Cross-Level Mediation Perspectives," Diversity, Technology, and Innovation for Operational Competitiveness: Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Technology Innovation and Industrial Management, ToKnowPress.

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