Ethical leadership and ambidexterity in young firms: examining the CEO-TMT Interface

Yan Ling*, Michelle Hammond, Liqun WEI

*Corresponding author for this work

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To enrich the knowledge of the value of ethical leadership in a more entrepreneurial setting, we focus on technology-based young firms and theorize through the lens of CEO-TMT interface whether and how founder-CEOs’ ethical leadership influences young firms’ ambidexterity. We argue that founder-CEOs’ ethical leadership can enhance young firms’ ambidexterity in an indirect way, through promoting top management team (TMT) members’ advice-seeking behavior and team satisfaction. Data from a multi-source and time-lagged survey of founder-CEOs and all TMT members in 81 Chinese technology-based young firms supported our predictions. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of our study to the extant research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25–48
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
Issue number1
Early online date11 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Ambidexterity
  • China
  • Ethical leadership
  • Founder-CEO
  • Top management team


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