Leadership and workplace innovation: An investigation of asian SMEs

Nuttawuth Muenjohn, Adela McMurray

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Few studies have explored the relationship between leadership and workplace innovation in non-Western contexts. The purpose of this study was to examine this relationship in the context of two Asian countries. To this end, structural equation modeling was implemented to analyze 696 usable questionnaires received from staff employed in small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Thailand and Vietnam. The results revealed that design leadership has a significant effect on the four dimensions of workplace innovation, thus confirming an interactionist theory perspective which is under-researched in Thai and Vietnamese SME contexts. This study therefore extends the design leadership and innovation literatures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia
EditorsNuttawuth Muenjohn, Adela McMurray
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781137579409
ISBN (Print)9781137579386
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • design leadership
  • workplace innovation
  • SMEs
  • Structural equation modeling


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