Psychological contracts and innovative behavior: A moderated path analysis of work engagement and job resources

Huo Tsan Chang, Hung Ming Hsu, Jia Wen Liou, Chi Tung Tsai

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This study explored the relationships between psychological contract types and innovative behavior. We focused on the mediating effect of work engagement and the moderating effect of job resources (organizational and social resources). Participants were 267 dyads of research and development engineers and their supervisors from 30 high-tech companies. Moderated path analysis was used to test the hypotheses. Findings showed that: (a) work engagement fully mediated the negative relationship between transactional contracts and innovative behavior; in addition, it also fully mediated the positive relationship between relational contracts and innovative behavior; and (b) job resources attenuated the former and strengthened the latter mediating effects. These findings contribute to understanding how, why, and when psychological contract types lead to innovative behavior via work engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2120-2135
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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