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The moderating effect of career stage on the relationship between job embeddedness and innovation-related behaviour (IRB): Evidence from China

Muhmmad Rafiq (Department of Business Administration, School of Economics and Management, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 7 February 2019

Issue publication date: 25 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to re-examine the moderating effect of career stage on the relationship between job embeddedness and innovation-related behaviour (IRB).

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from a sample of 310 Chinese media organisation employees and were analysed using moderated structural equation modelling.

Findings

Career stage significantly moderated the relationship between job embeddedness and IRB; individuals who experienced high job embeddedness in their early career stage were found to be engaged in more IRBs than those who experienced low job embeddedness in their early career stage. Moreover, the author also found that individuals who experienced high job embeddedness at mid-late career stages were less engaged in IRB, as compared to those at earlier career stages.

Research limitations/implications

These findings contribute to the understanding of the relationship between employee job embeddedness and IRB at different career stages. The findings are limited by the cross-sectional nature of the data.

Originality/value

This study demonstrates that individuals at a mid-late career stage may define their work roles differently to those at an early career stage. Employers often expect individuals in the mid-late career stage to facilitate the work of others and to assist junior colleagues in their professional growth (Super et al., 1996).

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Citation

Rafiq, M. (2019), "The moderating effect of career stage on the relationship between job embeddedness and innovation-related behaviour (IRB): Evidence from China", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 109-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-04-2018-0045

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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