Title: Psychological contract fulfilment and innovative work behaviours of employees in sport-based SBEs: the mediating role of organisational citizenship

Authors: Christopher R. Barnhill; Natalie L. Smith

Addresses: Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8076, Statesboro, GA 30460, USA ' East Tennessee State University, 1276 Gilbreath Dr, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA

Abstract: The current study explored the role of psychological contract fulfilment on innovative work behaviours of employees in sport-based small business enterprises (SBEs). Building on literature from sport and non-sport organisational contexts, a model positing a direct linear relationship between psychological contract fulfilment and innovative work behaviours was proposed. Affective commitment and organisational citizenship behaviours were included in the model as partial mediators. The model was tested using a sample of 216 employees from affiliated minor league baseball franchises. Results supported a model where organisational citizenship fully mediated the relationship between psychological contract fulfilments and innovate work behaviours. Affective commitment was predicted by psychological contract fulfilment but was not significantly related to the other variables in the model.

Keywords: innovative work behaviours; psychological contract fulfilment; PCF; organisational citizenship; affective commitment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMM.2019.097020

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2019 Vol.19 No.1/2, pp.106 - 128

Available online: 07 Dec 2018 *

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