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Informative positive feedback and intrinsic orientation: Working together towards empowerment

Hames, Kate (2015) Informative positive feedback and intrinsic orientation: Working together towards empowerment. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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As organisations around the world increasingly integrate technological advances and become global enterprises, they need to become increasingly efficient and productive in order to remain competitive. Subsequently, there is an increasing requirement for employees to be highly motivated, self-reliant, and innovative. Given that these traits have been linked with psychological empowerment, the current study aimed to contribute to knowledge around situational and individual antecedents of empowerment among employees. While previous research suggests that direct and indirect relationships exist between positive informative feedback, intrinsic orientation, and empowerment, studies specifically examining those links are scarce, and studies providing validation for these links through related constructs are also relatively uncommon. The current study was therefore the first to specifically examine the interactions between these variables. Results supported the proposition that positive informative feedback provision (from both supervisors and co-workers) would promote empowerment perceptions among employees; and, that intrinsically oriented employees would be more likely to feel empowered at work—suggesting that the provision of positive informative feedback, and the selection of intrinsically oriented employees could be independently useful tactics for increasing empowerment. Further, findings suggest that combining these tactics may not have further utility than either does on its own, given that no significant moderating effects were detected.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
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