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Study of the impact that style of leadership has upon innovation within the UAE through utilisation of the knowledge sharing role

Alhaddad, K (2024) Study of the impact that style of leadership has upon innovation within the UAE through utilisation of the knowledge sharing role. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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In the dynamic business environment of the UAE, understanding leadership styles and their impact on innovation, particularly through the lens of knowledge sharing, is vital. As the UAE shifts towards a knowledge-driven economy, the role of leadership in shaping corporate innovation becomes paramount. Among leadership styles, Transformational Leadership (TL) stands out as a pivotal force behind innovation by fostering trust, propelling change, and pushing employees to excel. Sharing knowledge is key to remaining competitive and fostering innovation. When a company emphasizes knowledge-sharing, it's positioned for success. While the link between transformational leadership, knowledge sharing, and innovation is known, there's limited research on its relevance in the UAE's aviation sector. This research aims to fill the existing knowledge gap by examining the impact of transformational leadership on innovation, particularly highlighting the importance of knowledge sharing in the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). To obtain a deeper understanding, we conducted surveys and utilized datadriven techniques, sourcing perspectives from employees within the GCAA. By analysing 333 survey responses through Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) with AMOS 26, our findings distinctly reveal the crucial link between knowledge sharing, leadership style, and innovation. Furthermore, this research not only enhances our comprehension of leadership, knowledge dissemination, and innovation within UAE but also has practical significance. Specifically, for leaders operating in the aviation sector of the UAE, a key takeaway is the value of fostering a knowledge-sharing culture anchored in transformational leadership. Additionally, these findings make a significant contribution to the broader understanding of how knowledge sharing acts as a mediator between transformational leadership and innovation. They provide profound insights into these intricate dynamics within the aviation industry of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the UAE— an area often overlooked in prior research.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation; Leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2024 12:08
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 12:08
DOI or ID number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00022747
Supervisors: Foster, S and Nawaz, M
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22747
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