Innovative behaviour in the workplace: the role of hr flexibility, individual flexibility and psychological flexibility and psychological capital, the case of Poland

Innovative behaviour in the workplace: the role of hr flexibility, individual flexibility and psychological flexibility and psychological capital, the case of Poland
Document type
Article
Author(s)
Wojtczuk-Turek, Agnieszka; Turek, Dariusz
Publisher
Emerald
Date of publication
1 January 2015
Series
European Journal of Innovation and Management. Vol. 18; Issue 3
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production, People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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The purpose of this paper is to describe and explain the manner in which HR system’s flexibility, in combination with employees’ individual flexibility (IF) and their positive character traits, such as: optimism, hope, resistance or self-efficacy (which comprise psychological capital (PsychCap)), allow to predict employees’ readiness to display innovative behaviors in the workplace. A quantitative research methodology was adopted which resulted in the development of a both self-administered online survey instrument (n¼166) and employees students in the postgraduate program at the Warsaw School of Economics (n¼70). Using a national database of service companies, a random sample of 700 e-mail addresses was generated and respondents were invited to participate in the online survey. This resulted in the completion of 166 online surveys, representing a response rate of 26 percent. The second group of respondents consisted of 70 employees from different organizations in Poland. On the basis of the analyses it was shown that HR flexibility (HRF) and IF are a generally weak predictor of innovative behaviors. However, in a situation when PsychCap is set to be a mediator, these variables allow to predict innovative work behavior.

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