Leadership and creativity in higher education

Zacher, Hannes & Johnson, Emily (2015) Leadership and creativity in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 40(7), pp. 1210-1225.

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Leadership and creativity have received increasing attention from researchers in the field of higher education; however, empirical studies investigating these topics simultaneously are rare. In this study, the authors examined relationships between PhD students' perceptions of their advising professors' passive-avoidant, transactional, and transformational leadership behaviors and professors' ratings of their students' work-related creativity. Data were provided by 71 dyads of professors and PhD students. Consistent with expectations based on the leadership literature on followers' identification with their leaders, results showed that students' perceptions of professors' transformational leadership positively predicted professors' ratings of their students' creativity above and beyond students' perceptions of professors' passive-avoidant and transactional leadership. Contrary to expectations, students' perceptions of professors' passive-avoidant and transactional leadership did not significantly predict professors' ratings of students' creativity. Implications for future research on leadership and creativity as well as tentative practical applications of the findings in higher education settings are discussed.

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ID Code: 92415
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Leadership, Passive-avoidant, Transactional, Transformational, Creativity, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.881340
ISSN: 1470-174X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2016 00:22
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 23:46

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