The work described in this paper was fully supported by grants from the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC 70872071, 71032003), awarded to the first author.
Goal Orientation and Innovative Performance: The Mediating Roles of Knowledge Sharing and Perceived Autonomy†
Article first published online: 1 NOV 2012
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Special Issue: THEME: Organisational Psychology
Volume 42, Issue Supplement S1, pages E180–E197, December 2012
How to Cite
Lu, L., Lin, X. and Leung, K. (2012), Goal Orientation and Innovative Performance: The Mediating Roles of Knowledge Sharing and Perceived Autonomy. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42: E180–E197. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2012.01018.x
- Issue published online: 26 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 1 NOV 2012
- Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant Numbers: 70872071, 71032003
This study examined the effects of learning goal orientation on individual innovative performance and the mediating mechanisms involved. Based on a survey of 248 employees and their supervisors from diverse industries in China, the results showed that learning goal orientation was positively associated with innovative performance, with knowledge sharing as a significant mediator. Unexpectedly, job autonomy was not able to mediate the relationship between learning goal orientation and innovative performance. Exploratory analysis showed that the direct effect of performance goal orientation on innovative performance was insignificant, but it had a weak indirect effect on innovative performance through perceived job autonomy. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.