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How leadership and public service motivation enhance innovative behavior

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Q Miao, Alexander NewmanAlexander Newman, G Schwarz, B Cooper
© 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.

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Journal

Public administration review

Volume

78

Issue

1

Pagination

71 - 81

Publisher

Wiley

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0033-3352

eISSN

1540-6210

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2017, The Authors