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Impact of supervisory delegation on employee voice behavior: role of felt obligation for constructive change and voice climate

Um-e Rubbab (Department of Business Administration, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan)
Sayyed Muhammad Mehdi Raza Naqvi (Department of Management Sciences, Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Muhammad Irshad (Department of Management Sciences, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Ramsha Zakariya (Department of Management Sciences, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 22 June 2022

Issue publication date: 14 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The research linking organizational change-oriented activities with employee voice behavior is still in its initial stages. This study aims to contribute to this line of research by proposing felt obligation for constructive change, an underlying mechanism through which supervisory delegation enhances teachers’ voice behavior.

Design/methodology/approach

This study tested the interactive effect of felt obligation for constructive change and voice climate on teachers’ voice behavior. The proposed model is supported by proactive motivation theory which states that environmental factors lead to motivational states which further result in employee proactive behaviors. In this study, 415 teachers with their 74 supervisors (head of departments) from educational institutes completed the surveys. Structural equation modeling was used to find the results.

Findings

The results supported the mediation and moderation hypotheses, which proved that felt obligation for constructive change mediates the relationship between supervisory delegation and teachers’ voice behavior, and voice climate moderates the relationship between felt obligation for constructive change and teacher voice behavior.

Practical implications

This paper will provide an insight to the practitioners about the role of supervisory delegation for engagement in employee voice. This paper will also help managers understand that the workplace effectiveness can be enhanced by creating opportunities for employees to voice their concern.

Originality/value

This study recommends that head of departments at the workplace should cultivate an environment that is conducive for their faculty for engaging in voice behavior for improved functioning of educational institutes. Findings provide an insightful approach on organizational strategies in the form of supervisory delegation to trigger voice behavior among employees to meet the uncertainty of the ever-changing business environment.

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Citation

Rubbab, U.-e., Naqvi, S.M.M.R., Irshad, M. and Zakariya, R. (2023), "Impact of supervisory delegation on employee voice behavior: role of felt obligation for constructive change and voice climate", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 47 No. 7/8, pp. 769-787. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-01-2022-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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