Exploring the role of implicit person theory in the relationship between innovative work climate and proactive behaviour at work

Karolien Hendrikx, Bieke Schreurs, Joost Jansen In de Wal

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this study is to explore the role of employees’ underlying implicit person theories in the relationship with innovative work climate and proactive behaviour at work. First, the authors study how an employee’s implicit person theory (IPT), or the domain-general implicit belief about the development potential of people’s attributes, relates to learning goal orientation and proactive learning and entrepreneurial behaviour at work. Second, the authors investigate how employees’ perception of their work climate is associated with this IPT.

Design/methodology/approach
The authors set up an exploratory study relying on survey data from a sample of 498 professionally active Flemish adults and analysed a correlational path through SEM.

Findings
The authors found that holding an incremental IPT (i.e. believing in the development potential of people’s attributes) positively relates to proactive learning and entrepreneurial behaviour. Moreover, the authors found that employees working in an innovative work climate are more likely to hold an incremental IPT.

Originality/value
This study offers indications that IPT is a relevant explanatory variable in the relationship between innovative work climate on the one hand and learning goal orientation, learning work behaviour and entrepreneurial work behaviour on the other hand. As such, this study suggests that IPT is a promising concept that can be actively endorsed as a relevant underlying psychological process variable for fostering learning and entrepreneurial behaviour in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Workplace Learning
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 May 2022

Keywords

  • Implicit theories
  • Mindset
  • Work climate
  • Proactive work behavior
  • Learning work behavior
  • Entrepreneurial work behavior
  • Proactive work behaviour
  • Entrepreneurial behaviour
  • PERFORMANCE
  • Learning work behaviour
  • ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT
  • TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP
  • EXTRA-ROLE BEHAVIORS
  • Learning goal orientation
  • ACHIEVEMENT
  • GROWTH MINDSET
  • GOAL ORIENTATION
  • ANTECEDENTS
  • Learning behaviour
  • LEARNING-BEHAVIOR
  • PERCEPTIONS

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