An Empirical Study on the Relationship Between Transformational Leadership and Employee Creativity: Mediating Role of Perception of Meaning in Work and Work Engagement

변혁적 리더십이 직장인 창의성에 미치는 영향: 일의 의미와 일 몰입의 매개효과를 중심으로

  • Mu, Hong-Lei (International Business Cooperative Course, Dongguk University) ;
  • Lee, Young-Chan (Department of Business Administration, Dongguk University) ;
  • Duan, Changqing (International Business Cooperative Course, Dongguk University)
  • 무홍레이 (동국대학교 경영학부 대학원) ;
  • 이영찬 (동국대학교 경영학부) ;
  • 단상청 (동국대학교 경영학부 대학원)
  • Received : 2018.06.27
  • Accepted : 2018.08.20
  • Published : 2018.08.28


China's rapid economic growth is continuous but the country still has a long way to become a center for creativity. Leaders have no idea how to encourage their employees to work more efficiently in Chinese companies. Meanwhile the majority of employees are not fully engaged in their work, sometimes they think their work is not meaningful. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity, through perceptions of meaning in work and work engagement among employees working in XunLei Networking Technology Corporation. 140 valid data were collected and were analysed using SPSS and AMOS. Results showed that transformational leadership has a positive and significant influence on meaning in work and work engagement. Meaning in work has a significant effect on work engagement, and work engagement has a significant influence on employee creativity. This study provides both academic and practical implications about transformational leadership and employee creativity through meaning in work and work engagement.

중국의 급속한 경제 성장은 지속되고 있으나 창의성 측면은 아직 요원하다. 중국 기업의 관리자들은 직원들이 보다 효율적으로 업무를 수행할 수 있도록 장려하는 노하우가 아직 부족하다. 한편 중국 기업에서 일하고 있는 대부분의 직원들은 자신의 업무에 몰입하지 않을 뿐만 아니라 때로는 자신의 업무가 의미가 없다고 생각하는 경우가 많다. 이러한 배경에서 변혁적 리더십은 중국 IT 기업에서 중요한 역할을 할 수 있다. 본 연구의 목적은 중국 심천에 소재한 IT기업에서 근무하는 직원들을 대상으로 업무 및 업무 참여의 의미에 대한 인식을 통해 변혁적 리더십이 직원의 창의력에 미치는 영향을 조사하는 것이다. 이를 위해 사례 IT기업에 근무하는 직원들을 대상으로 광범위한 설문조사를 실시하여 140개의 유효 데이터를 수집하였다. 자료의 통계분석은 SPSS와 AMOS를 이용하였다. 분석결과 일과 노동 참여의 의미를 통한 변혁적 리더십이 직원의 창의력에 유의한 영향을 미치는 것으로 나타났으며 이에 대한 학술적, 실무적 시사점을 제시하였다.


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