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 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)
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