Learning Culture and Knowledge Application: The Mediating Effect of Transformational Leadership

Learning Culture and Knowledge Application: The Mediating Effect of Transformational Leadership

Benny Hutahayan (Brawijaya University, Indonesia)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/IJCRE.2020070104
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This work aims to analyse the influence of the learning culture and transformational leadership in knowledge application in school context. Mediation analysis is used to quantify the effects that the learning culture has on the application of leadership, mediated by transformational leadership. The method involves two samples of subjects—school managers and teaching staff—of 17 educational organizations. This study used partial least squares (PLS) method in the SmartPLS v. 3.2.6 software. The results show, first, that there is a direct and significant effect of the learning culture in the application of knowledge and, secondly, a significant mediation effect of leadership in between learning culture and the knowledge application. This work has proven that leadership behaves as a mediating instrument. This situation is critical in organizations because it makes it possible to obtain synergies in human capital and the development of knowledge. The study deepens our understanding of the enablers that affect knowledge application within the school, especially of the leadership.
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2. Conceptual Framework

2.1. Approaching the Concept of Knowledge Application

Knowledge application includes the absorption of knowledge generated in the acquisition and exchange phases so that it can be used to improve organisational processes and practices as a result of what was learned in the two previous phases. According to Al Ahbabi et al. (2019), knowledge application is the process of using knowledge for a purpose, for decision-making or policy-making. As pointed out by Nesheim et al. (2011), it does not seem enough to share or disseminate knowledge; it is all about using the methods, practices and techniques to change the behaviour of people and organisations.

Knowledge also is applied when decisions are made based on the knowledge generated and transmitted and the starting situations are improved. In the field of education, the application of knowledge is related to the improvement of learning environments and practices resulting from the generation of knowledge (Chen and Huang, 2011).

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