Title

Innovative work behaviour in the public sector: The roles of task characteristics, social support, and proactivity

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Australian Journal of Public Administration

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

School

Centre for Innovative Practice / School of Business and Law

RAS ID

28449

Comments

Suseno, Y., Standing, C., Gengatharen, D., & Nguyen, D. (2020). Innovative work behaviour in the public sector: The roles of task characteristics, social support, and proactivity. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 79(1), 41-59. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12378

Abstract

This study examines the roles of task characteristics, organisational social support, and individual proactivity on innovative work behaviour (IWB) in the public sector. Analysing empirical data from 154 employees from a government agency in Australia, we found that task characteristics, organisational social support, and proactive personality have a positive impact on IWB. Proactive personality is also found to be a moderator in the relationship between task characteristics and IWB. The findings suggest the need to design human resource practices that better identify proactive and innovative job applicants in the recruitment and selection process. Further, we highlight the requirement to organise and design work that recognises the need to develop social support to improve IWB. The implications of the study for further research on IWB are discussed. © 2019 Institute of Public Administration Australia

DOI

10.1111/1467-8500.12378

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