This study aims to investigate the impact of leadership styles on organisational innovativeness in the Sri Lankan plantation sector, with organisational culture as the mediating variable. Using a self-administered questionnaire, data was collected from 235 estate managers based on the constructs identified in the literature. The findings provide partial support to the hypothesised relationships. Although studies between leadership styles, organisational culture and organisational innovativeness exist, they are mostly conducted in isolation. The most intriguing part of this study is probably the consistent practices of the one and a half century-old industry which have been passed down from one generation of estate managers to another. Lack of innovativeness as well as absence of a conducive organisational culture for effective leadership have led to the deteriorating contributions of the sector to Sri Lankan economy. The findings provide insights in terms of developing and implementing specific strategies that can enhance organisational innovativeness through effective leadership styles and conducive organisational culture, which can be very important to revive the plantation sector to its glorious days.
Prof. Dr. Bilal BİLGİN