Critical factors for innovative work behaviour in Latin American firms: Test of an exploratory model

Francoise Contreras, Fernando Juarez, Yonni Angel Cuero Acosta, Utz Dornberger, Karla Soria-Barreto, Martha Corrales-Estrada, Claudia Ramos-Garza, Sebastian Steizel, Alexandra Portalanza, Kety Jauregui, Luciana Iwashita da Silva, Marcus Alexandre Yshikawa Salusse

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The aim of this study is to examine how transformational and transactional leaders, boost the employees’ innovative work behaviour, directly or through work engagement, organizational climate for innovation and absorptive capacity in Latin American firms. A non-random sample of 1429 employees was used who had been working at least one year in the current company. The sample, composed of workers from different industries, was collected in postgraduate programs of business schools from seven Latin American countries. A multi-group structural equation model was built with the involved variables, which adopted two different conditions: i.e., unconstrained and constrained questionnaire measurement weights. According to the results, leadership by itself is insufficient to promote employees innovative work behaviour. Transformational and transactional leadership exert effect on this behaviour only through absorptive capacity and work engagement respectively. Likewise, absorptive capacity and employee work engagement show direct effects on innovative work behaviour. Additionally, organizational climate for innovation shows a significant moderating effect on the all relationships included in the model. Despite the cultural differences, the two-condition model yielded the same effect in each country, which indicates the validity of a general model of innovative work behaviour for the whole region supporting the common identity of this region. As a conclusion, leadership practices are needed to encourage innovative work behaviour within the Latin American organizational context, however some individual (engagement) and organizational (absorptive capacity) conditions are also needed to ensure this effect. Implications for human resources management are discussed.

Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Número de artículo1812926
Páginas (desde-hasta)1-27
Número de páginas28
PublicaciónCogent Business and Management
Volumen7
N.º1
DOI
EstadoPublicada - ago 31 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gestión internacional y de empresa
  • Contabilidad
  • Empresa, gestión y contabilidad (miscelánea)
  • Estrategia y gestión
  • Comportamiento organizativo y gestión de recursos humanos
  • Ciencia de la gestión e investigación de operaciones
  • Marketing

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