The mediating effect of organizational commitment and employee empowerment: How transformational leadership impacts employee knowledge sharing intention

Seung Hyun Han, Gaeun Seo, Jessica Li, Seung Won Yoon

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This study examined the underlying process through which transformational leaders provide an influence on employees’ knowledge sharing intention by concentrating on mediating roles of psychological empowerment and employees’ commitment to organizations. The direct and indirect impacts of transformational leadership on knowledge sharing were explored. In order to test the proposed hypotheses, structural equation modelling analysis was conducted with a sample of 426 full-time employees in South Korea. The results of this study showed a significant direct effect of transformational leadership on psychological empowerment and organizational commitment, which in turn had a significant influence on employees’ knowledge sharing intention. Transformational leadership had only an indirect effect on knowledge sharing intention among employees. These results bring out the importance of mediating roles of employee’s attitudes, especially organizational commitment, for promoting knowledge sharing intention among employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-115
Number of pages18
JournalHuman Resource Development International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Knowledge sharing intention
  • Organizational commitment
  • Psychological empowerment
  • Transformational leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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