Unpacking the Relationship Between Value and Empowering Behaviours of Leaders
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 5, October 2017, Pages: 79-89
Received: Sep. 21, 2017; Published: Sep. 22, 2017
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Yi Liu, School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Hong Li, School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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Abstract
For improving product quality and shifting from manufacturing to a service based economy, many organizations are undergoing organization structure transformation from hierarchy to decentralization in order to facing the increasingly fierce global competition. In the new and more flat form of organization structure, the practice of empowerment is regarded as an effective mechanism benefiting both employees and organizations and has attracted lots of researchers’ attention. This paper aims to investigate the relationship between the value of founders in startups and their empowerment behaviors. This study generated a comprehensive empowerment behavior questionnaire with 9 dimensions. Based on context analysis on the interviews of startup founders, their values were coded according to the definition system of the value studies by Schwartz. And the primary relations between empowerment behavior and personal value is explored. The results showed that the growth and anxiety-free part of a circular motivational continuum with 19 values are more positively related to empowerment behavior and the other part, self-protection and anxiety avoidance is less positively related to their empowerment behavior. Future research is also discussed in the paper.
Keywords
Empowering Behavior, Value, Entrepreneurship
To cite this article
Yi Liu, Hong Li, Unpacking the Relationship Between Value and Empowering Behaviours of Leaders, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 5, 2017, pp. 79-89. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20170605.12
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