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Role innovation in the world of work

West, Michael (1987) Role innovation in the world of work. British Journal of Social Psychology, 26 (4). pp. 305-315. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

Role innovation, the introduction of significant new behaviours into a role, has been a topic of interest in three diverse social science literatures, but few studies have been conducted in field settings. A longitudinal study of job change among 1700 male and female British managers is reported in which theoretical predictions about role innovation deriving from Nicholson's (1984) theory of work-role transitions are tested. Self-concepts and role requirements are examined as predictors of change in reported role innovation following work-role transitions. The relationships between role innovation and reported post-transition satisfaction and personal change are also examined. Job discretion and growth needs emerge consistently as predictors along with previous role innovation. The association between role innovation, satisfaction and personal change suggests that opportunities to role innovate contribute to psychological well-being at work and are exploited by those individuals who are also able to adapt themselves to their environments. The findings imply the need for modification of existing theory by incorporating social and motivational factors and suggest the value of typologies of role innovation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
ID Code: 57356
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2012 09:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57356

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