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Employee engagement, creativity and task performance: role of perceived workplace autonomy

Subash Chandra Pattnaik (Department of Business Management, Central University of Odisha, Koraput, India)
Rashmita Sahoo (PG Department of Business Administration, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India)

South Asian Journal of Business Studies

ISSN: 2398-628X

Article publication date: 29 September 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating effect of creativity in the relationship between employee engagement and task performance and the moderating role of perceived workplace autonomy in the relationship between employee engagement and creativity through a moderated mediation analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used a quantitative research method. The sample for the study consisted of 396 employees and their clients in an Indian software development organization. Statistical analysis of the data was conducted using confirmatory factor analysis, Sobel test and Hayes' PROCESS for Model 1.

Findings

Findings of the study indicated that creativity of employees partially mediate the relationship between employee engagement and their task performance and perceived workplace autonomy moderates the relationship between employee engagement and creativity.

Practical implications

Managers may use findings of the study to harness creativity of their employees by providing an autonomous workplace environment to improve their task performance so as to contribute to the bottom line of the organization.

Originality/value

The study contributes to the literature by examining the mediating effect of creativity in the relationship between employee engagement and task performance, especially in a non-Western context and the moderating role played by perceived workplace autonomy using componential and broaden-and-build theories.

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Citation

Pattnaik, S.C. and Sahoo, R. (2021), "Employee engagement, creativity and task performance: role of perceived workplace autonomy", South Asian Journal of Business Studies, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 227-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAJBS-11-2019-0196

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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