The role of person-environment fit in the relationship between transformational leader and job engagement amongst Chinese knowledge workers

Hong Bui, Qingying Zeng, Malcolm Higgs

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Abstract

This study explores the “missing link” between transformational leadership and
followers’ work engagement based on P-O fit theory. to the paper reports an
investigation of the way in which followers’ perceptions of transformational
leadership, person-organisation (P-O) fit and person-job (P-J) fit affect their work engagement. Data was collected online from a large sample of 696 full-time employees in China. Using a hierarchical multiple regression analysis, all proposed hypotheses (developed from the review of the extant literature) were confirmed. The results indicate that transformational leadership has a significant influence on followers’ work engagement in China. Moreover, followers’ perceptions of P-O and P-J fit fully mediate the relationship between transformational leadership and the followers’ work engagement. The study contributes to developing the leadership and engagement theory by examining unexplored mediators – perceived P-O and P-J fit – in a neglected cultural setting. It also provides practical implications for changing situations of low employee engagement at work. The paper concludes by considering the study limitations and areas for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2015
EventBritish Academy of Management -
Duration: 10 Sep 2015 → …

Conference

ConferenceBritish Academy of Management
Period10/09/15 → …

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