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The impact of transformational CEOs on the performance of small- to medium-sized firms: does organizational context matter?
J Appl Psychol. 2008 Jul; 93(4):923-34.JA

Abstract

Although theory suggests that CEOs who engage in transformational leadership should have a positive effect on firm performance, most empirical examinations using data drawn from larger firms have failed to find support for this linkage. Given that the organizational complexity associated with larger firms has been viewed as a central obstacle to establishing this important link, the authors examined the impact of CEO transformational leadership on firm performance in smaller, privately held firms. After first explaining why the less complex context of these firms provides a setting for transformational CEOs to play a more direct role in enhancing firm performance, they then further clarified the nature of this link by hypothesizing 3 contingencies that they argued are particularly salient: firm size, CEO founder status (founder or nonfounder), and CEO tenure. Results from a multisource survey of CEOs and their top management teams in 121 firms and 2 time-lagged measures of performance, 1 objective and 1 perceived, provided consistent support for these hypotheses.

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Department of Management, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA. yling@gmu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18642995

Citation

Ling, Yan, et al. "The Impact of Transformational CEOs On the Performance of Small- to Medium-sized Firms: Does Organizational Context Matter?" The Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 93, no. 4, 2008, pp. 923-34.
Ling Y, Simsek Z, Lubatkin MH, et al. The impact of transformational CEOs on the performance of small- to medium-sized firms: does organizational context matter? J Appl Psychol. 2008;93(4):923-34.
Ling, Y., Simsek, Z., Lubatkin, M. H., & Veiga, J. F. (2008). The impact of transformational CEOs on the performance of small- to medium-sized firms: does organizational context matter? The Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(4), 923-34. https://doi.org/10.1037/0021-9010.93.4.923
Ling Y, et al. The Impact of Transformational CEOs On the Performance of Small- to Medium-sized Firms: Does Organizational Context Matter. J Appl Psychol. 2008;93(4):923-34. PubMed PMID: 18642995.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The impact of transformational CEOs on the performance of small- to medium-sized firms: does organizational context matter? AU - Ling,Yan, AU - Simsek,Zeki, AU - Lubatkin,Michael H, AU - Veiga,John F, PY - 2008/7/23/pubmed PY - 2008/9/4/medline PY - 2008/7/23/entrez SP - 923 EP - 34 JF - The Journal of applied psychology JO - J Appl Psychol VL - 93 IS - 4 N2 - Although theory suggests that CEOs who engage in transformational leadership should have a positive effect on firm performance, most empirical examinations using data drawn from larger firms have failed to find support for this linkage. Given that the organizational complexity associated with larger firms has been viewed as a central obstacle to establishing this important link, the authors examined the impact of CEO transformational leadership on firm performance in smaller, privately held firms. After first explaining why the less complex context of these firms provides a setting for transformational CEOs to play a more direct role in enhancing firm performance, they then further clarified the nature of this link by hypothesizing 3 contingencies that they argued are particularly salient: firm size, CEO founder status (founder or nonfounder), and CEO tenure. Results from a multisource survey of CEOs and their top management teams in 121 firms and 2 time-lagged measures of performance, 1 objective and 1 perceived, provided consistent support for these hypotheses. SN - 0021-9010 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18642995/The_impact_of_transformational_CEOs_on_the_performance_of_small__to_medium_sized_firms:_does_organizational_context_matter L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/apl/93/4/923 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -