The cross-cultural variation in the effects of transformational leadership behaviors on followers' identification
A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Management and Organization Review, Volume 14, issue 4
AbstractIn this article, we examine the cross-cultural variation in the perceived effects of idealized influence and individualized consideration leadership behaviors – two behavioral dimensions of transformational leadership – on followers’ organizational identification in two culturally distinct countries: Russia and Finland. We also test whether the followers’ role ambiguity mediates these relationships. Using the self-concept-based theory of leadership as an explanatory framework, our analysis of white-collar employees in four Finland-based multinational corporations and their subsidiaries in Russia shows that whereas in Russia both behaviors facilitate followers’ identification, in Finland only idealized influence does. We also find differences in how role ambiguity mediates the relationship between the two behaviors and followers’ identification in the two countries. In Russia, it fully mediates the relationship between individualized consideration and followers’ identification, whereas in Finland it partially mediates the relationship between idealized influence and followers’ identification.
Finland, follower-centric leadership, organizational identification, role ambiguity, Russia, transformational leadership
Koveshnikov , A & Ehrnrooth , M 2018 , ' The cross-cultural variation in the effects of transformational leadership behaviors on followers' identification : The case of idealized influence and individualized consideration in Finland and Russia ' , Management and Organization Review , vol. 14 , no. 4 , pp. 747-779 . https://doi.org/10.1017/mor.2018.27