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Leadership and its impact on the use of process technologies and management practices in the manufacturing sector

O'Regan, Nicholas; Ghobadian, Abby

Authors

Abby Ghobadian



Abstract

Leadership is widely acknowledged as the key driver of innovation and the achievement of overall organizational performance. In doing so, it draws on both process technologies and the use of management techniques. This paper examines the relationship between leadership, the operating environment, the use of process technologies, management practices, innovation and performance within a single study. The results indicate that a transformational/human resources leadership style is more conducive to innovation and the introduction of new products whereas transactional leadership firms tend to modify products. Transactional type firms focus on 'hard' processes suggesting that they largely compete on efficiency related activities, whereas transformational/human resources type firms emphasize management practices to a greater extent. The number of transformational type firms relying on the problem solving techniques is likely to reach over 90%. Arguably, this reflects their continuing emphasis on innovation and new product development. Copyright © 2007 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 28, 2007
Journal International Journal of Business Performance Management
Print ISSN 1368-4892
Electronic ISSN 1741-5039
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 4
Pages 419-433
APA6 Citation O'Regan, N., & Ghobadian, A. (2007). Leadership and its impact on the use of process technologies and management practices in the manufacturing sector. International Journal of Business Performance Management, 9(4), 419-433. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBPM.2007.013363
DOI https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBPM.2007.013363
Keywords leadership, innovation, hard technologies, management practices, process technology, organisational performance, manufacturing
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJBPM.2007.013363