Empowerment process approach to proactivity

Flexible work arrangements and empowering leadership

Martine Coun, Pascale Peters, Robert Blomme, Jaap Schaveling

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Abstract

The present study aims to contribute to the HRM-debate by extending insights from the empowerment literature incorporating leadership to explain employees’ proactive workplace behavior. More specifically, we investigate how flexible work arrangements (job autonomy, time-spatial flexibility and access to ICT) and empowering leadership motivate employees to engage in proactive workplace behavior, by explicating the mediating role of psychological empowerment in these relationships. Most studies directly link either empowering Hr practices or leadership to workplace proactivity. We employed PLS Structural Equation Modeling to analyse survey data of 427 knowledge workers in a large financial organization. The results suggested that employees’ psychological empowerment mediates the relationships between, on the one hand, job autonomy and empowering leadership, and on the other, workplace proactivity. However, neither for time-spatial flexibility or access to ICT mediating effects were found. Our ‘extended empowerment process approach’ helped to disentangle the motivating elements of innovative workplace designs and showed that both job autonomy, as a HR practice, and empowering leadership can foster employees’ workplace proactivity through psychological empowerment. Moreover we found empirical evidence for psychological empowerment as a crucial mechanism in the empowerment process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
EditorsGuclu Atinc
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages1
Volume2018
Edition1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2018 - Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561

Conference

ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2018
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period10/08/1814/08/18

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Process approach
Flexible work arrangements
Proactivity
Empowerment
Work place
Psychological empowerment
Employees
Job autonomy
HR practices
Empirical evidence
Knowledge workers
Mediating effect
Survey data
Structural equation modeling

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Coun, M., Peters, P., Blomme, R., & Schaveling, J. (2018). Empowerment process approach to proactivity: Flexible work arrangements and empowering leadership. In G. Atinc (Ed.), Academy of Management Proceedings (1 ed., Vol. 2018). (Academy of Management Proceedings). Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.14842abstract
Coun, Martine ; Peters, Pascale ; Blomme, Robert ; Schaveling, Jaap. / Empowerment process approach to proactivity : Flexible work arrangements and empowering leadership. Academy of Management Proceedings. editor / Guclu Atinc. Vol. 2018 1. ed. Academy of Management, 2018. (Academy of Management Proceedings).
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Coun, M, Peters, P, Blomme, R & Schaveling, J 2018, Empowerment process approach to proactivity: Flexible work arrangements and empowering leadership. in G Atinc (ed.), Academy of Management Proceedings. 1 edn, vol. 2018, Academy of Management Proceedings, Academy of Management, Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018, Chicago, United States, 10/08/18. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.14842abstract

Empowerment process approach to proactivity : Flexible work arrangements and empowering leadership. / Coun, Martine; Peters, Pascale; Blomme, Robert; Schaveling, Jaap.

Academy of Management Proceedings. ed. / Guclu Atinc. Vol. 2018 1. ed. Academy of Management, 2018. (Academy of Management Proceedings).

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Coun M, Peters P, Blomme R, Schaveling J. Empowerment process approach to proactivity: Flexible work arrangements and empowering leadership. In Atinc G, editor, Academy of Management Proceedings. 1 ed. Vol. 2018. Academy of Management. 2018. (Academy of Management Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.14842abstract