Utilizing every grain of intellect: exploring the role of individual-level intellectual capital in linking servant leadership with innovative work behavior

Muhammad Mumtaz Khan, Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik, Syed Saad Ahmed, Tahir Islam*, Shafiq Ur Rehman

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Abstract

Purpose
Based on social exchange and social learning theories, this study explicates the mediating role of individual-level human capital, structural capital and relational capital in linking servant leadership with the innovative work behavior (IWB) of employees.

Design/methodology/approach
Data were collected from 256 manager–employee dyads from the IT sector of Pakistan in three phases through a survey conducted two months apart.

Findings
Results showed that two dimensions of individual-level intellectual capital, namely, individual-level human capital and individual-level relational capital, mediated the relationship between servant leadership and IWB, whereas individual-level structural capital did not mediate the relationship between the two variables.

Originality/value
This study confirms the relationship between servant leadership and IWB and tests the mediating role of the three facets of individual-level intellectual capital in linking servant leadership with the IWB of employees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-37
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Volume25
Issue number1
Early online date7 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Individual-level human capital
  • Individual-level relational capital
  • Individual-level structural capital
  • Innovative work behavior
  • Servant leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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