This mixed-methods research study addressed the problem of lack of practitioner understanding of effective leadership behavior in an innovation context. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between effective leadership behaviors and leadership practices leading to new, innovative product outcomes. This study addressed research questions in two areas: effective leaders’ behaviors in relationship to practices and specific leadership behaviors and practices influencing innovative product outcomes. The sample included innovation leaders, their supervisors, peers, and subordinates from a U.S. government-funded organization located on the East Coast. The quantitative survey findings indicated no significant relationship between leaders’ task behavior when representing the group and their task practices. Evidence did indicate that the task behavior of detail orientation correlated to task practices, the inspiring and skillful relation behavior correlated to relation practices, and the change behavior of a willingness to change correlated to change practices. In contrast, the change behavior of displaying anxiety was negatively correlated to change practices. The qualitative interview findings indicated five themes including innovation leadership development through formal training, encouraging employees’ ideas, key challenges, and hindering practices as well as helpful task-, relation-, and change-oriented behaviors and practices in an innovation context. The significance of the study increased understanding of the relationship between effective leadership behavior and practices in an innovation context.
|Advisor:||Ward, Paul G.|
|Commitee:||Cadwallader, Mervyn L., Vecchiotti, Robert A.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Entrepreneurship, Management, Occupational psychology|
|Keywords:||Innovation, Leadership behavior, Product outcomes|
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