The critical roles of task conflict and job autonomy in the relationship between proactive personalities and innovative employee behavior

Ellen Giebels*, R.S.M. de Reuver, Sonja Rispens, Elze G. Ufkes

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Abstract

We examine why and when proactive personality is beneficial for innovative behavior at work. Based on a survey among 166 employees working in 35 departments of a large municipality in the Netherlands we show that an increase in task conflicts explains the positive relation between a proactive personality and innovative employee behavior. This process is moderated by job autonomy in such a way that the relationship between proactive personality and task conflict is particularly strong under low compared with high autonomy. The present research contributes to the discussion on the potential benefits of task conflict for change processes and highlights the importance of examining the interplay between personality and work context for understanding innovation practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-341
JournalJournal of Applied Behavioral Science
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • conflict
  • innovation
  • proactivity
  • task autonomy
  • INTRAGROUP CONFLICT
  • ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH
  • GROUP DIVERSITY
  • CAREER SUCCESS
  • WORK
  • PERFORMANCE
  • METAANALYSIS
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • PREDICTORS
  • CREATIVITY

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