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Leadership and Change Mobilization: The Mediating Role of Distributed Leadership

Canterino, Filomena and Cirella, Stefano and Piccoli, Beatrice and Shani, Rami (2020) 'Leadership and Change Mobilization: The Mediating Role of Distributed Leadership.' Journal of Business Research, 108. 42 - 51. ISSN 0148-2963

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Abstract

Leading change is an enduring managerial challenge that encompasses individual and collective efforts within an organization. Among the levers that managers can use to foster change, mobilizing activities are considered particularly relevant since they enable leaders to activate the resources and processes necessary for change to actually occur. This study investigates whether individual person- and task-centred orientations to leadership relate to an emphasis on mobilizing change through their effect on distributed leadership. These hypotheses are tested using an international survey involving 459 middle managers from different firms, countries and industries who had implemented a planned organizational change project. The findings reveal that both person-centred and task-centred orientations to leadership relate positively to mobilizing change, and that distributed leadership may explain the relationship between orientations to leadership and mobilizing activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership, Person- and task-centred orientations, Organizational change, Distributed leadership
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 16:49
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25603

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