The mediating role of explicit knowledge sharing in the relationship between empowering leadership and proactive work behavior in defense industry enterprises


  • Cemal Zehir
  • Samet Celebi



Empowering Leadership, Proactive Work Behavior, Explicit Knowledge Sharing


This paper aims to investigate the mediating role of explicit knowledge sharing in the relationship between empowering leadership and proactive work behavior in defense industry enterprises. The sample of this study consists of defense industry enterprises operating within the borders of Turkey. A total of 305 survey data were collected from these enterprises using the random sampling method, and 5 survey data among them were eliminated because of missing information, and analyzes were made with a total of 301 survey data. Structural equation modeling was used to test the research model and hypotheses. According to the analysis results of the study, empowering leadership has a positive effect on proactive work behavior and explicit knowledge sharing. In addition, it has been understood that open information sharing has a positive effect on proactive work behavior. Finally, it has been revealed that explicit knowledge sharing has a mediating role in the relationship between empowering leadership and proactive work behavior.


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How to Cite

Zehir, C., & Celebi, S. (2022). The mediating role of explicit knowledge sharing in the relationship between empowering leadership and proactive work behavior in defense industry enterprises . International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 11(5), 225–236.



Organizational Culture, Leadership and Human Resources Management