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ISAS2018-Winter - 2nd International Symposium on Innovative Approaches in Scientific Studies, Samsun, Turkey, Nov 30, 2018

The Role of Transformational Leadership and Business Culture in Creating Innovation Climate: A Research in Automotive Companies (ISAS2018-Winter_273)
Saadet Ela Pelenk1*
1Recep Tayyip Erdogan University , Rize, Turkey
* Corresponding author: saadetela.pelenk@erdogan.edu.tr
Published Date: 2019-01-14   |   Page (s): 1430-1433   |    30     6

ABSTRACT Leadership is to orient and promote individuals for a specific purpose. Transformational leadership is the one who initiates
change that makes employees believe in innovation and change. The transformation of the transformative leader in the formation
of innovative culture in enterprises, creativity, interactivity and so on. Besides the features of the company's existing culture is
gaining importance. Because the culture of innovation is shaped as a sub-dimension of the existing culture. It is the atmosphere
that is formed by culture, senior management and employees, which also involves the working style and processes that direct the
employees' attitudes and behaviors. Culture in this context; it is a feature that distinguishes the enterprises from each other and
is shared among the employees through certain values, beliefs and behaviors. The culture of innovation is the adaptation of the
behaviors and attitudes of the employees with the innovative processes and objectives. In a way, Heracleous (2001) states that
changes in culture are positively associated with innovative behaviors. The aim of this research is to examine the effect of
transformational leadership and culture in creating the innovation climate. So a qualitative study was carried out with fifteen top
managers of companies implementing innovation at automotive sector which using innovative methods in production and design
techniques in Turkey. According to the research results, transformative leadership and culture have a positive effect on the
innovative climate in businesses.  
KEYWORDS Transformational Leadership, Business Culture, Innovation Climate, Climate, Leadership
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