Personal costs and benefits of employee intrapreneurship: Disentangling the employee intrapreneurship, well-being, and job performance relationship.

Jason C. Gawke, Marjan J. Gorgievski, Arnold B. Bakker

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Abstract

Ample studies have confirmed the benefits of intrapreneurship (i.e., employee behaviors that contribute to new venture creation and strategic renewal activities) for firm performance, but research on the personal costs and benefits of engaging in intrapreneurial activities for employees is lacking. Building on job demands-resources and reinforcement sensitivity theories, we examined how employees' reinforcement sensitivity qualified the relationship among their intrapreneurial behavior, subjective well-being, and other-rated job performance. Using a sample of 241 employee dyads, the results of moderated mediation analyses confirmed that employee intrapreneurship related positively to work engagement for employees high (vs. low) in sensitivity to rewards (behavioral approach system), which subsequently related positively to innovativeness and in-role performance and negatively to work avoidance. In contrast, employee intrapreneurship related positively to exhaustion for employees high (vs. low) in sensitivity to punishments (behavioral inhibition system), which subsequently related positively to work avoidance and negatively to in-role performance (but not to innovativeness). Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-519
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • BIS-BAS
  • job performance
  • moderated mediation
  • proactive work behavior
  • work engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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