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The Moderated-Mediation Effect of Workplace Anxiety and Regulatory Focus in the Relationship between Work-Related Identity Discrepancy and Employee Innovation

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Mobile E-business Collaborative Innovation Center of Hunan Province, Key Laboratory of Hunan Province for Mobile Business Intelligence, College of Business Administration, Hunan University of Technology and Business, Changsha 410205, China
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College of Business Administration, Hunan University of Technology and Business, Changsha 410205, China
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Scott College of Business, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6121; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17176121
Received: 29 July 2020 / Revised: 15 August 2020 / Accepted: 20 August 2020 / Published: 23 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health Psychology)
Extant research on work-related identity discrepancy mostly has probed its effects on employees’ attitudes and emotions but has paid little attention to its impact on employee behaviors. Drawing on self-discrepancy theory, we examined the influencing mechanism and conditions of work-related identity discrepancy on employee innovation behavior. With data collected from 563 employees who personally experienced leadership transition in the workplace, we found that work-related identity discrepancy predicts employee innovation behavior through workplace anxiety. We also discovered that employees’ personality traits—promotion regulatory focus and prevention regulatory focus in particular—can intensify or buffer the negative relationship between work-related identity discrepancy and employee innovation behavior. We further discuss the conceptual and practical implications of these findings. View Full-Text
Keywords: work-related identity discrepancy; employee innovation behavior; workplace anxiety; regulatory focus work-related identity discrepancy; employee innovation behavior; workplace anxiety; regulatory focus
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Liu, C.-E.; Hu, C.; Xie, W.; Liu, T.; He, W. The Moderated-Mediation Effect of Workplace Anxiety and Regulatory Focus in the Relationship between Work-Related Identity Discrepancy and Employee Innovation. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6121. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17176121

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Liu C-E, Hu C, Xie W, Liu T, He W. The Moderated-Mediation Effect of Workplace Anxiety and Regulatory Focus in the Relationship between Work-Related Identity Discrepancy and Employee Innovation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(17):6121. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17176121

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Liu, Chang-E, Chenhong Hu, Wei Xie, Tingting Liu, and Wei He. 2020. "The Moderated-Mediation Effect of Workplace Anxiety and Regulatory Focus in the Relationship between Work-Related Identity Discrepancy and Employee Innovation" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 17: 6121. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17176121

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