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An Empirical Study on the Organizational Trust, Employee-Organization Relationship and Innovative Behavior from the Integrated Perspective of Social Exchange and Organizational Sustainability

by Ming-Chuan Yu 1,2, Qiang Mai 3, Sang-Bing Tsai 4,5,* and Yi Dai 6,7
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School of Finance and Business, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
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Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200030, China
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School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Zhongshan 528400, China
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Economics and Management College, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300, China
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School of Business, Shanghai Dianji University, Shanghai 201306, China
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School of Management, Shanghai Univerisity, Shanghai, 200444, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 864; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030864
Received: 27 November 2017 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 13 March 2018 / Published: 19 March 2018
Combining social exchange and inducement-contribution theory as our overarching theoretical framework, we examine innovative climate as a boundary condition and organizational trust as a mediating mechanism to explain when and how the employee-organization relationship (EOR) is associated with workplace innovative behavior. We conducted a field study using multi-source data to test our hypotheses. The results indicated that creativity positively predicted innovative behavior through organizational trust, and an innovative climate moderated the indirect effect of EOR on innovative behavior via organizational trust. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: organizational trust; employee-organization relationship; innovative climate; innovative behavior; organizational sustainability; sustainability organizational trust; employee-organization relationship; innovative climate; innovative behavior; organizational sustainability; sustainability
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Yu, M.-C.; Mai, Q.; Tsai, S.-B.; Dai, Y. An Empirical Study on the Organizational Trust, Employee-Organization Relationship and Innovative Behavior from the Integrated Perspective of Social Exchange and Organizational Sustainability. Sustainability 2018, 10, 864.

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