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Empowerment in project teams: a multilevel examination of the job performance implications

Tuuli, Martin M. and Rowlinson, Steve (2009) Empowerment in project teams: a multilevel examination of the job performance implications. Construction Management and Economics, 27 (5). pp. 473-498. ISSN 0144-6193

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190902729713


An integrative multilevel model of empowerment and job performance behaviours is advanced, building on social cognitive theory (SCT). Empowerment climate is hypothesized as influencing individual and team performance behaviours directly and partially through individual and team (psychological) empowerment. Using survey responses from 380 individuals, nested in 115 project management teams, we tested the direct, indirect and cross-level relationships delineated in the multilevel model, using a combination of OLS regression models and hierarchical linear modelling (HLM). Empowerment climate positively related not only directly to both task and contextual performance behaviours but partially through both individual and team empowerment. At the team level, empowerment climate also positively related directly to taskwork and teamwork behaviours and partially through team empowerment. The results suggest that empowerment climate and psychological empowerment play complementary roles in engendering individual and team performance behaviours and are therefore not mutually exclusive. The findings are also evident of convergence in management practices across cultures as well as different work contexts and further provide concrete targets of manipulation by organizations and leaders desirous of empowering individuals and teams in the project context.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:7310
Deposited On:19 Jan 2010 16:48
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