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Transactional and transformational leadership impacts on organizational learning


  • Hugo Zagoršek
  • Vlado Dimovski
  • Miha Škerlavaj


This study empirically relates two important areas of management research: the full-range theory of leadership and the organizational learning process. Specifically, this contribution addresses three issues: (1) the impact of transformational leadership and (2) of transactional leadership on the organizational learning process and (3) whether the influence of transformational leadership is stronger than of a transactional type of leadership. The results show that transformational leadership has a strong impact on all four constructs of organizational learning. A direct impact is evident only regarding information acquisition and behavioural and cognitive changes.

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  • Hugo Zagoršek & Vlado Dimovski & Miha Škerlavaj, 2009. "Transactional and transformational leadership impacts on organizational learning," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 14(2), pages 145-165.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2009_02_zagorsek

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    transactional leadership; transformational leadership; organizational learning process;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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