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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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  • Elenkov, Detelin S. & Manev, Ivan M., 2009. "Senior expatriate leadership's effects on innovation and the role of cultural intelligence," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(4), pages 357-369, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:44:y:2009:i:4:p:357-369
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