Collectivism and Employees' Innovative Behavior: The Mediating Role of Team Identification and the Moderating Role of Leader‐Member Exchange

11 Pages Posted: 7 May 2018

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Derun Song

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Hefu Liu

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) - School of Management

Jibao Gu

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Changqing He

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Date Written: June 2018

Abstract

Based on the social identity theory and leader‐member exchange (LMX) literature, the present study examined the underlying relationship between employees' collectivism and their innovative behavior. Specifically, we explored the mediating role of team identification and the moderating role of LMX in the above relationship. Results from a survey of 457 employees in 30 organizations indicate that employees' team identification partially mediates the relationship between their collectivism and innovative behavior, and that this mediating relationship has conditional effects on the moderator variable LMX. The findings contribute to the literature by clarifying how (through team identification) and when (based on LMX) employees' collectivism is related positively to their innovative behavior.

Suggested Citation

Song, Derun and Liu, Hefu and Gu, Jibao and He, Changqing, Collectivism and Employees' Innovative Behavior: The Mediating Role of Team Identification and the Moderating Role of Leader‐Member Exchange (June 2018). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 221-231, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3173896 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12253

Derun Song (Contact Author)

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Hefei
China

Hefu Liu

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) - School of Management ( email )

China

Jibao Gu

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) ( email )

96, Jinzhai Road
Hefei, Anhui 230026
China

Changqing He

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Hefei
China

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