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The Effects of Public Service Motivation on Innovative Behavior and Moderation of Transformational and Transactional Leadership.

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2019, 30(2), pp.31-53
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration
  • Published : August 31, 2019

Jae Young Lim 1 KUKKYOUNG MOON 2 Cho, Hye Jin 2

1The University of Georgia
2인하대학교

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ABSTRACT

A growing body of literature has shown that public service motivation is a powerful factor of organizational effectiveness in the public sector. Yet, little attention has been paid to organizational contexts in which public service motivation can encourage public employees to generate new ideas and efficient ways to achieve work goals. Thus, using the survey data drawn from Korean central and local agencies, this study explores the impact of public service motivation on innovative behavior as well as the moderating role of transactional and transformational leadership on the relationship between the two. The statistical results indicate that public service motivation is positively related to innovative behavior. Further analysis shows that transactional leadership attenuates the positive relationship between public service motivation and innovative behavior, whereas transformational leadership enhances such relationship. The implications of these results for public administration and public administrators are also discussed.

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