[Lecture] Can autocratic leadership influence firm innovation performance positively?
time: 2017-12-19

Title: Can autocratic leadership influence firm innovation performance positively?

Speaker: Dr. Qihai Huang, Lancaster University Management School

Time: 10:00-11:30 am, December 20, 2017

Venue: Room 109, Building 12, Wushan Campus

Introduction to the Speaker:

Dr Qihai Huang is Director of Lancaster China Management Centre and Reader at Lancaster University Management School. His research involves the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods to research entrepreneurship and human resource management. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Human Resource Management Journal, British Journal of Industrial Relations and Journal of Business Research. He is a guest editor of the Entrepreneurship and Regional Development Special Issue on 'Entrepreneurship in China'.


Much research has examined how positively-oriented leadership style (Avolio and Gardner 2005) such as transformational leadership can influence firm performance (e.g., Pieterse et al., 2010; Waldman et al. 2006). By contrast, how autocratic leadership style, which is usually labelled as “negatively-oriented leadership” (De Hoogh et al. 2015), can impact firm performance has been largely ignored in the literature. This study aims to fill in the gap by examining how autocratic leadership style of decision-makers , which is dominant in the context of small and medium sized family firms, can influence firm innovation performance. We address this topic by further considering the moderating effect of turbulent environments and non-economic goals, based on a national survey data of private family firms in China.