—Based on a sample of 186 family businesses in
China, this study examined the adoption of transformational
leadership in Chinese family businesses, and its impacts on the
organizational commitment of family employees. Attitudinal
and behavioral data were collected from both family business
owners and family employees. With a China-specific version of
leadership questionnaire, this study identified that a high level
of transformational leadership behavior was practices by
Chinese family business owners. Results of multivariate
analyses further indicated that family business owners’
transformational leadership behavior has positive effects on
family employees’ value commitment and commitment to stay.
—transformational leadership; organizational
commitment; family employee, Chinese family business.
Fei Yi Gao is with Management School, Graduate University of
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
Shanshan Bai is with Beijing Capital Social and Economic Development
Research Center, Beijing, China.
Kan Shi is with Management School at Graduate University of Chinese
Academy of Sciences.
Cite:Fei Yi GAO, Shanshan BAI, and Kan SHI, "The Effects of Transformational Leadership in Chinese Family Business How Should Family Business Lead Their Family Employees?," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.2, no.3, pp. 218-224, 2011.