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An Empirical Examination of the Interactive Effects of Goal Orientation, Participative Leadership and Task Conflict on Innovation in Small Business
Vol. Volume 16 Number 3 September/2011

Jun Yan
This study investigated the relationship between task conflict and innovation in small business. It also investigated the interactive effects of entrepreneur’s goal orientation and participative leadership style on the relationship between task conflict and innovation in small business. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis of data collected from 201 small businesses found significant and positive relationship between task conflict and innovation. Analysis also revealed significant two-way interactive effect of entrepreneur’s participative leadership style and task conflict on innovation and significant three-way interactive effect between entrepreneur’s goal orientation, participative leadership style and task conflict on innovation in small business. Results showed that the relationship between task conflict and innovation is strongest in a small business of which the primary goal of the entrepreneur for the business is growth and profit and the entrepreneur adopts a participative leadership style. Both the theoretical and practical implications of the results were discussed.

Keywords: Task conflict, Leadership, Goal orientation, Innovation, Small business