How leadership and public service motivation enhance innovative behavior

Miao, Qing, Newman, Alexander, Schwarz, Gary and Cooper, Brian 2018, How leadership and public service motivation enhance innovative behavior, Public administration review, vol. 78, no. 1, pp. 71-81, doi: 10.1111/puar.12839.

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Title How leadership and public service motivation enhance innovative behavior
Author(s) Miao, Qing
Newman, AlexanderORCID iD for Newman, Alexander
Schwarz, Gary
Cooper, Brian
Journal name Public administration review
Volume number 78
Issue number 1
Start page 71
End page 81
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2018-01
ISSN 0033-3352
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Public Administration
Summary © 2017 by The American Society for Public Administration Prior research has linked the innovative behavior of public sector employees to desirable outcomes such as improved efficiency and higher public service quality. However, questions regarding the drivers of innovative behavior among employees have received limited attention. This article employs psychological empowerment theory to examine the underlying processes by which entrepreneurial leadership and public service motivation (PSM) shape innovative behavior among civil servants. Based on three-wave data from 281 Chinese civil servants and their 59 department heads, entrepreneurial leadership is found to positively influence subordinates' innovative behavior by enhancing two dimensions of psychological empowerment: meaning and impact. Additionally, PSM was found to influence subordinates' innovative behavior by enhancing the dimensions of meaning and competence. These findings suggest that to facilitate innovative behavior among employees, public organizations should consider introducing training that encourages leaders to serve as entrepreneurial role models and recruit employees with high levels of PSM.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/puar.12839
Field of Research 1605 Policy And Administration
1606 Political Science
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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