To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Work engagement: the role of psychological ownership and self-regulatory focus behavior

Eric Delle (Department of Psychology, College of Humanities, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana)
Anthony Sumnaya Kumasey (Department of Business Administration, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)
Anthony Nkrumah Agyabeng (Department of Business Administration, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)
Atia Alpha Alfa (Department of Business Administration, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)
Farhad Hossain (School of Environment, Education, and Development, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance

ISSN: 2051-6614

Article publication date: 9 September 2022

171

Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on the self-extended and regulatory focus theories, the present study examined the mechanism as well as the boundary condition under which psychological ownership might relate positively to the work engagement of employees working in public sector organizations in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from employees (n = 313) working in public sector organizations in Ghana at a single point in time with a survey questionnaire.

Findings

The results indicated that psychological ownership and self-regulatory focus behaviors (i.e. prevention and promotion focus behaviors) were beneficial for work engagement; and that while prevention focus mediated psychological ownership-work engagement relationship, that relationship was positive and stronger for employees who performed less promotion focus behaviors.

Practical implications

Managers in public sector organizations should understand that employees with strong psychological ownership would feel more engaged if they perform less promotion focus behaviors.

Originality/value

The authors’ study contributes uniquely to the nascent work engagement literature in the Ghanaian context, and by testing boundary conditions and underlying mechanisms increased the authors’ understanding of work engagement among public sector employees in Ghana.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to BANGA-Africa for the opportunity to learn how to write research manuscript in the BANGA, as this enabled them to improve upon some aspects of the manuscript.

Citation

Delle, E., Kumasey, A.S., Agyabeng, A.N., Alfa, A.A. and Hossain, F. (2022), "Work engagement: the role of psychological ownership and self-regulatory focus behavior", Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOEPP-12-2021-0344

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2022, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles