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The Role of Leadership in the Management of Conflict and Knowledge Sharing in the Research Groups of a Spanish Public University

José L. Ballesteros-Rodríguez (), Nieves L. Díaz-Díaz, Inmaculada Aguiar-Díaz and Petra De Saá-Pérez
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José L. Ballesteros-Rodríguez: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Nieves L. Díaz-Díaz: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Inmaculada Aguiar-Díaz: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Petra De Saá-Pérez: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Public Organization Review, 2020, vol. 20, issue 2, No 12, 436 pages

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyses how academics perceive their group leaders’ behaviour in managing the scientific activities of their research group and, particularly, how the leader’s style (task- or relationship-oriented) enhances knowledge sharing, both directly and indirectly through its influence on conflict. An empirical research study was carried out by surveying 211 academics belonging to research groups in a Spanish university, using simultaneous equation models. The results provide evidence that both leadership styles have a positive and significant direct influence on knowledge sharing, as well as an indirect effect by reducing the negative influence of task and relationship conflict.

Keywords: Leadership; Knowledge sharing; Conflict; Research groups; Public University (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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