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Adm. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci8030046

Understanding Employee Innovative Behavior and Thriving at Work: A Chinese Perspective

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Faculty of Management and Economics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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Department of Mathematics, COMSATS University Islamabad, Attock Campus, Attock 43600, Pakistan
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Received: 1 July 2018 / Revised: 8 August 2018 / Accepted: 15 August 2018 / Published: 19 August 2018
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Abstract

Drawing from the tenets of social cognitive theory, the present study examined the effect of thriving at work on innovation behavior via organizational support of innovation. The data were collected at three points in time from 402 participants occupying a variety of positions in Chinese organizations. Structural equation modeling and multilevel regression analysis results demonstrated that employees’ thriving was positively related to organizational support of innovation, which in turn was positively related to innovative behavior. In addition, moderated mediation results demonstrated that employee external contacts strengthened the relationship between organizational support of innovation and innovative behavior, and enhanced the positive effects of thriving. Our results deepen and go beyond previous research on thriving at work. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: thriving at work; organizational support of innovation; innovative work behavior; and external work contacts thriving at work; organizational support of innovation; innovative work behavior; and external work contacts
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