The effects of leadership style on service quality: enrichment or depletion of innovation behaviour and job standardisation

Huo Tsan Chang, Yu Jia Chou, Min Chih Miao, Jia Wen Liou

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Abstract

Quality service is a potential advantage for hotels in the competitive hotel industry; moreover, leadership style plays an important role in determining service quality. Some researchers have suggested that innovation behaviour directly affects service quality, while others contend that quality improves with greater job standardisation. These contentions are somewhat contradictory; as such, we used Hackman and Oldham's job characteristics model and W. R. Scott's institutional theory to explore the influencing route of the effect of leadership style on service quality through the enrichment or depletion processes related to the linking roles of innovation behaviour and job standardisation. A survey was conducted across 52 international tourist hotels and 52 standard hotels in Taiwan. Our findings reveal that in international tourist hotels, transformational leadership enriched service quality through innovation behaviour but depleted service quality through job standardisation; in standard hotels, transactional leadership enriched service quality through job standardisation but depleted service quality through innovation behaviour. Practical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTotal Quality Management and Business Excellence
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Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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