The perceived overqualification’s effect on innovative work behaviour: Do transformational leadership and turnover intention matter?

Kaymakçı R., Görener A., Toker K.

Current Research in Behavioral Sciences, vol.2022, pp.1-8, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


This paper aims to test the mediating role of turnover intention as well as the moderating role of transformational

leadership in the relationship between perceived overqualification and innovative work behaviour in the telecom-

munications industry. Data were collected using questionnaires from three main telecommunications companies

in Turkey. A total of 420 white-collar employees were reached as a result of the application of the simple ran-

dom sampling method. The data was analysed via structural equation modelling. The present research revealed

that transformational leadership had a full moderating role in the relationship between perceived overqualifi-

cation and innovative work behaviour. Additionally, turnover intention had a mediating role on the increase

of overqualification. The results of the study revealed that employees’ POQ could be manipulated to produce

positive outcomes for the organization. Empirical findings regarding the negative impact of IWB have extended

the scope of theoretical discussions on POQ and IWB by adding TI as a critical mediator. Employees with POQ

can produce excellent results if managed appropriately. Therefore, when making decisions, leaders should regard

employees with a high level of POQ as a source of innovation. Besides, managers can direct the focus of POQ

employees from TI to IWB through the application of TL