How Does Ethical Leadership Relate to Team Creativity? The Role of Collective Team Identification and Need for Cognitive Closure

Sejin KEEM, Gamze KOSEOGLU*, Inseong JEONG, Christina E. SHALLEY

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We investigate how and when ethical leadership predicts team creativity. With its strong compliance with organizational norms and procedures, ethical leadership can be seen as antithetical to creativity. Similarly, collective need for cognitive closure can negatively impact creativity as this is a motivational tendency toward making quick decisions and avoiding open-ended processes. However, we argue that they both can have a positive effect on team creativity when collective team identification is considered as an underlying mechanism. Accordingly, we hypothesize that ethical leadership fosters team creativity via strengthening collective team identification, and collective need for cognitive closure positively moderates the indirect relationship between ethical leadership and team creativity via collective team identification. We studied 55 teams in a food-services organization in South Korea in a multi-wave and multi-source design and found support for our hypotheses.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages37
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Early online date23 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

We would like to thank our editor and review team for their guidance and constructive feedback. We would also like to thank Dr. G. James Lemoine for his feedback on an earlier version of this manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • ethical leadership
  • need for cognitive closure
  • team creativity
  • team identification

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