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Miao, Qing and Newman, Alexander and Schwarz, Gary and Cooper, Brian (2018) 'How Leadership and Public Service Motivation Enhance Innovative Behavior.' Public Administration Review, 78 (1). pp. 71-81.

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Abstract

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 study employs psychological empowerment theory to examine the underlying processes by which entrepreneurial leadership and public service motivation (PSM) shape innovative behavior among civil servants. Using 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. Our findings suggest that to facilitate innovative behavior amongst employees, public organizations should consider introducing training that encourages leaders to serve as entrepreneurial role models and recruit employees with high levels of PSM.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
ISSN: 1540-6210
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12839
Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 07:36
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/24101
Funders: Other

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