The role of initiative climate as a resource caravan passageway in developing proactive service performance

Aslam, Muhammad Zia and Fateh, Adnan and Omar, Safiah and Mohd Nor, Mohammad Nazri (2022) The role of initiative climate as a resource caravan passageway in developing proactive service performance. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 14 (4). pp. 691-705. ISSN 1757-4323, DOI

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Purpose: The study aims to examine the role of initiative climate as a resource caravan passageway in engaging employees and developing a proactive frontline service workforce to identify the mechanisms whereby scarce resources efficiently yielding the desired outcomes can help organizations improve productivity and gain competitive advantage, thereby helping clarify the leadership–performance relationship in service organizations. Design/methodology/approach: The study employed a quantitative research design with a cross-sectional survey conducted among frontline hospitality employees in Malaysia. Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was used to examine the hypothesized relationships. Findings: The initiative climate is significant as a resource caravan passageway to transmit the positive impact of interpersonal leadership onto the engagement and proactive performance of frontline hospitality employees in whom initiative climate and employee engagement sequentially mediated the relationship between interpersonal leadership and proactive service performance. Research limitations/implications: The online data collection procedure conducted through LinkedIn and Facebook and cross-sectional, self-reported survey method are significant limitations of the current study. Practical implications: The findings of the study will aid in developing organizational interventions for an engaged and proactive frontline service workforce, as interpersonal leadership can positively impact the engagement and proactive behavior of frontline service employees via initiative climate. Therefore, hospitality managers should value interpersonal leadership and initiative climate as coexisting organizational resources. Originality/value: The study shows the significance of initiative climate in the relationships between interpersonal leadership, employee engagement and the proactive performance of frontline service employees. © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conservation of resources (COR) theory; Employee engagement; Initiative climate; Interpersonal leadership; Sequential mediation; Service proactivity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Business
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics > Department of Management
Faculty of Business and Economics > Dept of Marketing
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 02:59
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 02:59

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