A systematic review on organizational empowerment

L. Rothman*, F. De Velder, R. Schalk, M. Van Regenmortel

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to present a systematic review on organizational empowerment (OE) using Peterson and Zimmerman´s model (2004) as a starting point. The aim is to further conceptualize OE, discover how the components in the model influence each other and identify recommendations for future research.

Design/methodology/approach
All articles that cited the OE model, published in 2004 by Peterson and Zimmerman, have been systematically reviewed. In total, 37 studies of 410, found in Google Scholar and Web of Science, are included in the review.

Findings
The review revealed that intra-, inter- and extra-organizational empowerment affect each other and that evidence for the processes and outcomes on intra-organizational empowerment have increased, but there is limited additional evidence for the other two components.

Research limitations/implications
Literature was searched in two databases, focusing on the OE model. A search using other databases on OE as a broad concept might provide additional sources.

Practical implications
Findings are relevant for professionals, leaders in human service organizations, educators and researchers. Practice can be improved by applying the knowledge; educators can use the results in their program and researchers may use the findings for the further development of OE.

Originality/value
Since the OE model was presented in 2004, no systematic review has been performed. Therefore, this review contributes to the further conceptualization of OE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1336-1361
JournalInternational Journal of Organizational Analysis
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • BENEFITS
  • COMMUNITY SETTINGS
  • Empowerment
  • HEALTH
  • LEADERSHIP
  • MODEL
  • OLDER-PEOPLE
  • Organizational empowerment
  • Organizational theory
  • PARTICIPATION
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL EMPOWERMENT
  • SENSE
  • SOCIAL SUPPORT
  • Systematic review

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