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Psychological empowerment and individual performance: the mediating effect of intrapreneurial behaviour

Mahmoud Ahmad Mahmoud (Department of Business Administration, Northwest University Kano, Kano, Nigeria) (School of Business Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Shuhymee Ahmad (School of Business Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Donny Abdul Latief Poespowidjojo (School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 31 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to extend the existing literature on the relationship between psychological empowerment and individual performance (IP) through the mediating role of intrapreneurial behaviour (IB). Therefore, the empowerment theory (ET) and psychological entrepreneurship theory (PET) were integrated to nurture the IP of medium enterprises (MEs) production/operations managers by analyzing the mediating influence of IB on the psychological empowerment–IP relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey method was engaged by means of self-administered questionnaire. Data were collected from a sample of 355 MEs production/operations managers and analysed with partial least square (PLS) structural equation modelling (SEM).

Findings

According to the results, Psychological empowerment (PE) has a significant direct relationship with both IB and IP. Equally, IB has a positive significant impact on IP. Moreover, the mediating influence of IB on the psychological empowerment–IP relationship was established.

Practical implications

The result implies that MEs can stimulate the IP of production/operations managers by encouraging IB through psychological empowerment–IP relationship. Therefore, the psychological empowerment–IP relationship will manifest better when IB is invigorated among production/operations managers.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this paper is the first to examine the mediating influence of IB on the psychological empowerment–IP relationship, which revealed a significant contribution to both entrepreneurship and organizational behaviour literature. The IB literature is relatively lacking, particularly among developing countries and in particular Nigeria.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This study is supported by Universiti Utara Malaysia data collection grant.

Citation

Mahmoud, M.A., Ahmad, S. and Poespowidjojo, D.A.L. (2021), "Psychological empowerment and individual performance: the mediating effect of intrapreneurial behaviour", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-12-2020-0517

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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