On the Relation of Job Insecurity, Job Autonomy, Innovative Work Behaviour and the Mediating Effect of Work Engagement

13 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2014

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Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Hans De Witte

KU Leuven

Wendy Niesen

Thomas More College

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology

Date Written: September 2014

Abstract

European policy is focusing on innovation as a way out of the economic crisis. At the same time, job insecurity is rising as Europe is still in crisis. In this paper, we examine whether job insecurity affects the innovative work behaviour of employees by focusing on the relation between job insecurity, job autonomy, work engagement and innovative work behaviour (IWB). Using employee level survey data, we use structural equation modelling to disentangle the relations between these variables. The partially mediated model shows the best fit with the data. This model shows that job insecurity and autonomy are both directly and indirectly, through work engagement, related with IWB. For autonomy these relations are positive, while they are negative (and smaller) for job insecurity. Moreover, a negative covariance is observed between job insecurity and autonomy.

Suggested Citation

De Spiegelaere, Stan and Van Gyes, Guy and De Witte, Hans and Niesen, Wendy and Hootegem, Geert Van, On the Relation of Job Insecurity, Job Autonomy, Innovative Work Behaviour and the Mediating Effect of Work Engagement (September 2014). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 318-330, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2480708 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12079

Stan De Spiegelaere

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Guy Van Gyes

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society ( email )

Parkstraat 47
Leuven, BE3000
Belgium

Hans De Witte

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Wendy Niesen

Thomas More College ( email )

Crestview Hills, KY 41017
United States

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology ( email )

Belgium

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