The role of image expectations in linking organizational climate and innovative work behaviour
European Journal of Innovation Management , Volume 25, pp 204-222; https://doi.org/10.1108/ejim-01-2021-0044
Abstract: Purpose: This study aims to explore whether expected image outcomes (risk and gain) represent a mechanism through which perceived organizational climates, in the dimensions of tradition and reflexivity, affect key components of the innovation process (idea generation and idea realization).Design/methodology/approach: Structural equation models have been conducted to empirically analyse 3 waves of longitudinal survey data from an Italian military organization (N = 410).Findings: Results confirmed that image outcome expectations mediated the effects of perceived climate on idea generation, and that a serial mediation of image expectations and idea generation those on idea realization. Additionally, reflexivity was directly associated with idea generation.Practical implications: The findings offer guidance for organizations that aim to strengthen employee-driven innovation, highlighting the importance of organizational climate and image outcomes expectations.Originality/value: Advancing from existing organizational behaviour and individual innovation literature, this article contributes to extend knowledge about the role of organizational climate and image outcome expectations in enhancing innovative work behaviours.
Keywords: Image outcome expectations / Innovative work behaviour / Organizational climate
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