Transformational leadership, design thinking and the innovative organization

Lars Groeger, Jochen Schweitzer

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In this paper we discuss the intricacies of innovation leadership behaviour and design thinking as drivers and enablers of organizational innovation. We propose transformational leadership (TFL) and design thinking (DT) capabilities as suitable for alleviating issues of business innovation. Managers and the processes they apply, the behaviours they exert and the work cultures they promote are shaping the organisational practices and culture in which innovation occurs. As we explore the DT process and mindset and further conceptualise and interpreted it in light of transformational leadership theory we find that transformational leadership offers a theoretical lens through which the potential performance enhancing effects of DT can be explained. A conceptual model of design innovation leadership is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPapers from the 30th EGOS Colloquium 2014
Place of PublicationRotterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherEuropean Group for Organizational Studies EGOS
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventEuropean Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium (30th : 2014) - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Duration: 3 Jul 20145 Jul 2014


ConferenceEuropean Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium (30th : 2014)
CityRotterdam, The Netherlands


  • transformational leadership
  • design thinking
  • organisational innovation


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