Does team stability mediate the relationship between leadership and team learning? An empirical study among Dutch project teams

C. Savelsbergh, R.F. Poell, B. van der Heijden

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Abstract

An exploratory field study was conducted among 30 project teams in the sectors of building and utilities, engineering and construction, infrastructure, and area decontamination and development in the Netherlands. It examined the influence of leadership on team learning behaviors and included team stability as a potential mediator, all analyzed at the team level using structural equation modeling. Results indicated that both person-oriented and task-oriented leadership behaviors were directly and positively related to team learning. Team stability did not mediate the relationship between leadership and team learning; however, a strong direct relationship between team stability and team learning was found. These findings have implications for interventions by all stakeholders of project teams (i.e., team members, project managers, and supervisors) aimed at increasing team learning. Suggestions are presented for leadership practices that stimulate project team learning behaviors.
Keywords: Leadership, Team stability, Team learning behaviors, Project teams
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406–418
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Decontamination
Supervisory personnel
Managers
Project teams
Empirical study
Team learning
Learning behavior
Structural equation modeling
Team leadership
Key words
Field study
Mediator
Stakeholders
Supervisors
Project manager
Leadership behavior
The Netherlands

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In: International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2015, p. 406–418.

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