In this study, we examined how and when transformational leadership affected team knowledge exchange. Taking a goal pursuit perspective, we hypothesized two parallel mediating mechanisms—team knowledge goal generation and team knowledge goal striving—linking transformational leadership to team knowledge exchange. In addition, we investigated whether team-level team-member exchange served as a boundary condition that qualified the effects of transformational leadership on team knowledge goal generation and striving. We tested our hypotheses using time-lagged data from 118 work teams of a large Chinese manufacturing firm. Our findings provided support for the proposed parallel mediating mechanisms (i.e., team knowledge goal generation and team knowledge goal striving) that linked transformational leadership to team knowledge exchange. In addition, we found that team-level team-member exchange could strengthen the positive effect of transformational leadership on team knowledge exchange via team knowledge goal generation. By taking the novel lens of team goal pursuit, this study contributes to the literature on leadership and teams by shedding light on how transformational leadership triggers the goal pursuit process of team knowledge exchange.

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Keywords transformational leadership, team knowledge exchange, team knowledge goal generation, team knowledge goal striving, team-member exchange
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1002/job.2411, hdl.handle.net/1765/118662
Journal Journal of Organizational Behavior
Citation
Burmeister, A, Li, Yixuan, Wang, M, Shi, Junqi, & Jin, Yanghua. (2019). Team knowledge exchange: How and when does transformational leadership have an effect?. Journal of Organizational Behavior. doi:10.1002/job.2411