The influences of transformational leadership on employee employability: Evidence from China

Xie, Yizhong, Baranchenko, Yevhen, Lin, Zhibin, Lau, Chi Keung and Ma, Jie (2019) The influences of transformational leadership on employee employability: Evidence from China. Employee Relations, 41 (1). pp. 101-118. ISSN 0142-5455

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-02-2018-0052

Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating role of job characteristics and social exchange in transformational leadership (TFL) and employability relationship.

Design/methodology/approach
The sample is composed of 760 participants employed in Yangtze Delta and Pearl River Delta in China. The participants have worked under their line manager for more than one year. In order to better prevent data from possible common method bias, two waves of surveys (in 2014) on a stratified sample, included a mix of industries, such as construction, manufacturing, finance, insurance and communications, were used to investigate the proposed relationship between TFL, job characteristics, social exchange and employability.

Findings
The research has empirically tested the relationship between TFL and employability. While previous research has analyzed the relationship between them, the authors have enriched existing literature by exploring the mediating factors and illustrating the importance of indirect effects. Besides the direct effect, the results of this study showed that TFL could also improve employees’ employability through job demands, skill discretion, decision authority, perceived organizational support and team–member exchange, but not leader–member exchange.

Originality/value
The study opens up a debate around the employability of employees as it stands apart from the performance measurement. The authors believe that this new mediating model can provide an insight into complex mechanisms of employability enhancement from the perspective of leader development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transformational leadership, Employability, Job characteristics, Social exchange
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018 14:44
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2018 11:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35077

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