Business and regulators partnerships : government transformational leadership for constructive conflict management

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Regulations are often thought to be impediments to collaboration between governments and businesses; however, governments and businesses are increasingly forming partnerships to help them negotiate regulation issues and more broadly work together. This study argues that governments, by exercising transformational leadership, lay the foundation for the cooperative approach, in contrast to the competitive and avoiding approaches, to conflict management that in turn results in effective partnerships. Findings from 146 pairs of government regulators and business support the hypothesis, though the evidence for the ineffectiveness of avoiding conflict was not statistically significant. Specifically, structural equation analysis results support the model that transformational leadership fosters cooperative approach to conflict and reduces competitive conflict management that in turn result in respectful, effective partnerships that develop industries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-522
Number of pages26
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number2
Early online date18 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Bibliographical note

This work has been supported by Lingnan University Direct Grant no. DRO8B3.


  • Cooperative and competitive approaches to conflict
  • Industry development
  • Partnership effectiveness
  • Respect
  • Transformational leadership


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