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The impact of leadership on absorptive capacity: new insights from the UAE

Zadeh Rezaei, M., Haak-Saheem, W., Darwish, T. K. and Satwinder, S. (2020) The impact of leadership on absorptive capacity: new insights from the UAE. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 37 (4). pp. 448-458. ISSN 1936-4490

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1002/cjas.1561


This paper investigates the impact of transformational and transactional leadership on the absorptive capacity of firms within an emerging market setting. Unlike some findings from the Western world, the results indicate that both transformational and transactional leadership styles positively influence the learning processes of absorptive capacity. More specifically, the results indicate that transactional leadership style positively influences the exploratory and transformative learning processes, while the transformational leadership style positively affects the exploitative learning process. Given the unique context under investigation and the fluid institutional arrangements associated with it, the results reflect the need for leadership guidance. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:87461


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