Fostering Public Sector Employees’ Innovative Behavior: The Roles of Servant Leadership, Public Service Motivation, and Learning Goal Orientation

Nhung Thi Hong Nguyen*, Diep Nguyen, Nguyen Vo, Luu Trong Tuan

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Abstract

Although public employees’ innovative behavior is essential for ongoing improvement of public services and thereby development of public organizations, limited research has examined this topic—especially in transition countries. Drawing on social cognitive theory, this study theorizes that servant leadership fosters public sector employees’ innovative behavior through the sequential mediation roles of public service motivation and learning goal orientation. Results from structural equation modelling with multi-source data from Vietnam’s public sector employee and manager surveys support the hypothesized model. Our study sheds light on the drivers of public employees’ innovative behavior in a less researched context.
Original languageEnglish
Article number009539972211006
Pages (from-to)30-63
Number of pages34
JournalAdministration & Society
Volume55
Issue number1
Early online date13 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

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