Differentiated transformational leadership and knowledge sharing: A cross-level investigation

Guiquan Li*, Yufan Shang, Haixin Liu, Youmin Xi

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Building on theories of differentiated leadership and knowledge sharing, this study investigated the influence of dual-level transformational leadership on three group climates, leader-member exchange (LMX), and knowledge sharing. Using data from 275 employees of 71 work groups in five companies, we found that group-focused leadership and individual-focused leadership both facilitated knowledge sharing while the three group climates and LMX acted as mediators at the group level and individual level, respectively. In addition, our analysis showed an interesting finding in Chinese organizations: an innovativeness climate and a fairness climate contributed to an affiliation climate, which in turn promoted knowledge sharing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-563
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Management Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • Cross-level
  • Differentiated transformational leadership
  • Group climates
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Leader-member exchange

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