Employee Proactivity in Organizations: A Comparative Meta-Analysis of Emergent Proactive Constructs

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 83, pp. 275-300, 2010

26 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2010 Last revised: 16 Jun 2012

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Jeffrey Thomas

Daniel S. Whitman

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Chockalingam Viswesvaran

Florida International University

Date Written: November 15, 2010

Abstract

This meta-analysis of 103 independent samples provides a comparative evaluation of the relationships associated with four emergent proactive constructs including proactive personality, personal initiative, voice, and taking charge. This study investigates comparative relationships among these focal proactive constructs and key organizational variables (i.e., job performance), personality traits (i.e., the Big Five), and individual variables (i.e., work experience). Results reveal significant correlations between proactivity and performance, satisfaction, affective organizational commitment, and social networking. Results also provide evidence that differentiates focal proactive constructs from the Big Five as well as individual differences in work experience, age, and general mental ability. Current progress toward a more integrative understanding of proactivity research is discussed.

Keywords: proactive personality, personal initiative, voice, taking charge, agency, personality, performance, meta-analysis

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Jeffrey and Whitman, Daniel S. and Viswesvaran, Chockalingam (Vish), Employee Proactivity in Organizations: A Comparative Meta-Analysis of Emergent Proactive Constructs (November 15, 2010). Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 83, pp. 275-300, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1709732

Daniel S. Whitman

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge ( email )

Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

Chockalingam (Vish) Viswesvaran

Florida International University ( email )

University Park
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

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