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Bolatan, G.I.S., Golgeci, I., Arslan, A., Tatoglu, E., Zaim, S. and Gozlu, S. (2022), "Unlocking the relationships between strategic planning, leadership and technology transfer competence: the mediating role of strategic quality management", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 26 No. 11, pp. 89-113.

Unlocking the relationships between strategic planning, leadership and technology transfer competence : the mediating role of strategic quality management

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Author: Bolatan, Gulin Idil Sonmezturk1; Golgeci, Ismail2; Arslan, Ahmad3;
Organizations: 1Department of, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Antalya, Turkey
2Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus Universitet Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus, Denmark
3Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4College of Business Administration, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Mishref, Kuwait and School of Business, Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey
5Department of, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Istanbul, Turkey
6Department of Management Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-06-20


Purpose: This study aims to investigate the relationships between firms’ strategic planning (SP), leadership and technology transfer competence (TTC) by specifically incorporating the mediating role of strategic quality management (SQM).

Design/methodology/approach: This study performs structural equation modeling using AMOS on survey data collected from 200 Turkish firms operating in multiple industries and sectors.

Findings: This study finds that leadership in Turkish firms operating in multiple sectors is positively associated with SQM. This study further finds that SQM positively influences Turkish firms’ TTC and mediates the roles of SP and leadership in TTC.

Research limitations/implications: A key research implication from this study relates to the mediating role of SQM in TTC in an emerging economy context. This study highlights that SP and leadership can play an essential role in TTC through the mediating mechanism of SQM. Consequently, SQM emerges as a crucial linking pin in conveying the impact of quality management practices on technology transfer in emerging markets.

Practical implications: An essential managerial implication of this study relates to the critical roles of leadership, SP and SQM in TTC. For the managers of firms operating in a relatively uncertain emerging context such as Turkey, it is essential to adopt a supportive and empowering leadership style, where open communication and innovative activities are viewed positively and SQM is adopted holistically. Also, SP should be streamlined throughout the firm and followed by SQM to support TTC.

Originality/value: This paper links the technology (and knowledge) management and the strategy and leadership literature streams by focusing on the mechanisms of technology transfer and delving into the linkages between SQM, leadership, SP and TTC. It specifically presents SP and leadership as precursors to SQM in their joint influence on TTC. Accordingly, this research bridges technology, strategy and leadership research and provides a broader picture of technology transfer that encompasses the joint role of different processes in firms’ TTC.

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Series: Journal of knowledge management
ISSN: 1367-3270
ISSN-E: 1758-7484
ISSN-L: 1367-3270
Volume: 26
Issue: 11
Pages: 89 - 113
DOI: 10.1108/JKM-12-2020-0897
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2022, Gulin Idil Sonmezturk Bolatana, Ismail Golgeci, Ahmad Arslan, Ekrem Tatoglu, Selim Zaim and Sitki Gozlu. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at