Due to differences in cultures and values, it is widely suggested that management practices needs to be adjusted to suit the contextual environment. Several researchers have revealed a huge impact of national cultures and their implications on management such as leadership styles. Few studies, however, have explored the relationships between work values at the individual level and its link to leadership behaviour and workplace innovation. The current paper aims to present a conceptual framework that represents the relationship between work values ethics and workplace innovation by introducing leadership as a moderating factor. The direct and mediating relationship, then, are examined in order to develop the following propositions: Proposition 1: Design leadership has a significant effect on Workplace Innovation. Proposition 2: Design leadership has a significant effect on the four dimensions of Workplace Innovation. Proposition 3: Work Value Ethic has a significant effect on Design Leadership. Proposition 4: Design Leadership mediates the relationship between Work Value Ethic and Workplace Innovation. Proposition 5: Design Leadership mediates the relationship between Work Value Ethic and the four dimensions of Workplace Innovation. It is expected that the conceptual relationships and propositions would be tested in a further stage of the study. The testing of the conceptual relationships will offer contributions and implications. The testing of the direct and mediating relationship will contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of leadership, innovation and work values ethic. It will also assist researchers to gain a better understanding of the relationships of these key organisational variables.
Nuttawuth Muenjohn, RMIT University, Australia
Adela McMurray, RMIT University, Australia
Stream: Business Administration and Business Economics
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