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It’s my pleasure to serve you! Examining the job contact, happiness, prosocial motivation, and innovative work behavior link

Safeya Almazrouei (Department of Management, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Shaker Bani-Melhem (Department of Management, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Faridah Mohd-Shamsudin (Department of Management, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 20 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Job characteristics can potentially influence employees’ attitudes and behaviors. However, their impact on employees’ innovative behaviors, particularly in public sector organizations, has received little scholarly attention. Based on relational job design theory and the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, this study aims to examine the effect of job contact on public sector employees’ innovative work behavior through the mediator of happiness at work. It also assesses whether prosocial motivation strengthens the influence of job contact on innovative work behavior (via happiness at work).

Design/methodology/approach

The model was examined on a sample of 180 employee-supervisor dyads (90 supervisors and 180 employees) recruited from various government departments in the United Arab Emirates.

Findings

The findings support the proposed moderated mediation model in which job contact positively and significantly impacts innovative work behavior. The association between job contact and innovative behavior via happiness at work is found to be stronger for employees who are highly prosocially motivated.

Originality/value

The findings offer prescriptive insights into public sector employee happiness and prosocial motivation by illustrating when and how job contact influences innovative work behavior. The authors also present relevant managerial recommendations for promoting public sector employees’ innovative behavior.

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Citation

Almazrouei, S., Bani-Melhem, S. and Mohd-Shamsudin, F. (2024), "It’s my pleasure to serve you! Examining the job contact, happiness, prosocial motivation, and innovative work behavior link", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-01-2023-0011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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