Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 116, Issue 2, pp 441–455

How Ethical Leadership Influence Employees’ Innovative Work Behavior: A Perspective of Intrinsic Motivation

Authors

  • Tu Yidong
    • Economics and Management SchoolWuhan University
    • School of Labor and Human ResourcesRenmin University of China
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1455-7

Cite this article as:
Yidong, T. & Xinxin, L. J Bus Ethics (2013) 116: 441. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1455-7

Abstract

Drawing on the cognitive evaluation theory, we proposed a homologous multilevel model to explore how ethical leadership influenced employees’ innovative work behavior through the mediation of intrinsic motivation at both group and individual level. With questionnaires rated by 302 employees from 34 work units of two companies in the mainland of China, we conducted multilevel analysis to examine our hypotheses. The results showed that individual innovative work behavior was positively related to both individual perception of ethical leadership and group ethical leadership, while individual intrinsic motivation mediated the two relationships. Moreover, group intrinsic motivation mediated the relationship between group ethical leadership and innovative work behavior. The theoretical and practical implications were further discussed.

Keywords

Ethical leadership Innovative work behavior Intrinsic motivation Multilevel analysis

Abbreviation

CET

Cognitive evaluation theory

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