Leadership – Case Study Example

Article Review Article Review Summary The article d “Effects of transformational leadership and organizational position on knowledge management” has been authored by Crawford (Crawford, 2005). The article is based on a research that was conducted in order to identify the connection between the variables of behaviors used by knowledge managers and leadership that is transformational in nature. The researchers identified that the relationship between the variables of knowledge management behaviors as well the transformational leadership style is a causal one (Crawford, 2005).
Critical Analysis
In order to conduct this study the researchers used the tool of regression analysis which is tool most commonly used in order to conduct studies that aim at identifying cause and effect relationship between two or more variables. To conduct these study questionnaires were administered to a sample of 1046 individuals who were currently employed and were working in practical situations. The sample is quite effective as they can provide clear evidence of what is happening in organizations in a practical manner and the sample is even effective because researchers wanted to identify whether it is practically true that there is a cause and effect relationship between the variables.
Application
This study has several applications for managers and leaders who are operating in the real world. The study suggests that if leaders and managers want to elevate knowledge management in their organizations they have to adopt the transformational style of leadership and discard transactional style. The study even informs organizations that it is not necessary that an individual has to be in a leadership position within an organization to elevate knowledge management. The individual can be at any position but he should be a transformational leader to encourage knowledge management.
References
Crawford, C. B. (June 01, 2005). Effects of transformational leadership and organizational position on knowledge management. Journal of Knowledge Management, 9, 6, 6-16.