Vol. 9 No. 4 (2021): Business & Management Studies: An International Journal

The relationships among charismatic leadership, job satisfaction, and entrepreneurial orientation: An empirical study in the R&D department

Dilek Karaca
Assist. Prof., İstanbul Rumeli University, İstanbul, Turkey
Burcu Özgül
Assist. Prof., İstanbul Ayvansaray University, İstanbul, Turkey
Cemal Zehir
Prof. Dr., Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey

Published 2021-12-25

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Karaca, D., Özgül, B., & Zehir, C. (2021). The relationships among charismatic leadership, job satisfaction, and entrepreneurial orientation: An empirical study in the R&D department. Business & Management Studies: An International Journal, 9(4), 1521–1537. https://doi.org/10.15295/bmij.v9i4.1944


In the context of social learning theory, this study aims to determine how the charismatic leadership of managers affects the entrepreneurial orientation of R&D employees and whether job satisfaction has any mediating effect in this relationship. In this context, data were collected through questionnaire method from 392 employees working in the R&D departments of the companies operating in the manufacturing industry, which are included in the Top 500 Industrial Enterprises List of Turkey. The data were analyzed with the SPSS 22.0 package program. As a result of the analyses, it was found out that the managers’ charismatic leadership behaviours affect job satisfaction and entrepreneurship orientation of the R&D employees. Furthermore, the job satisfaction of the R&D employees has a partial mediating effect in the relationship between charismatic leadership and entrepreneurial leadership orientation. These findings show that organizations will increase their entrepreneurial exposure by influencing the job satisfaction of their employees with a charismatic leadership approach.


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