Open Access Article

Title: Psychological capital, task autonomy and innovative work behaviour among public organisation employees

Authors: Chiyem Lucky Nwanzu; Sunday Samson Babalola

Addresses: Department of Psychology, Delta State University, Abraka. Nigeria ' School of Management Sciences, University of Venda, University Road, Thohoyandou 0950, South Africa

Abstract: A fierce competitive workplace climate compels employees to work under pressure, hence, to perform requires individual's innovate positive psychological resources. This paper sets out to examine the predictive relationship between psychological capital (PsyCap) and innovative work behaviour (IWB) among public employees, and the role of task autonomy in the relationship. A cross-sectional survey design was conducted, and 125 employees from public hospitals participated in the study. The study used a questionnaire focussing on measures of PsyCap, IWB, task autonomy as well as questions on demographic characteristics. The research hypothesis was tested using regression analysis. Multiple regression analysis showed self-efficacy (β = 0.25, p < 0.01) and optimism (β = 0.14, p > 0.05) positively and significantly predict IWB. The investigation implicitly tested and confirmed the applicability of certain elements in Bandura's social cognitive theory and Vroom's expectancy theory from the examination of PsyCap - IWB link.

Keywords: psychological capital; PsyCap; innovative work behaviour; IWB; task autonomy; cognitive theory; expectancy theory.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2019.10027825

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2019 Vol.10 No.4, pp.322 - 338

Received: 01 Oct 2019
Accepted: 09 Nov 2019

Published online: 24 Apr 2020 *