Role of Meaningful Work in Interpreting the Connections between Motivational Mechanisms and Innovative Behaviour

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Faiza Abubakar Bawuro, Caleb Chidozie Chinedu, Said Alkali Kori


Research has shown that innovative behaviour is influenced by motivation. However, little is known about the effect of motivational mechanisms on teachers' innovative work behaviour; or the role meaningful work plays in such a relationship between motivational mechanisms and innovative behaviour. It is against this development that this study examined the unique impact of meaningful work in the association between innovative behaviour and the numerous motivational mechanisms. Therefore, using a quantitative approach and a survey research design, consisting of a randomly selected sample of 309 teachers from Federal Colleges in North-Eastern Nigeria, the study was carried out. The data was analysed using Partial Least Square – Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM). The effect of motivational mechanisms on teachers' innovative behaviour was more significant when teachers have high self-belief in their ability to produce creative outcomes. A positive and significant effect was also found when teachers showed the desire to expend efforts to benefit others rather than engage in activities primarily because the job was fascinating. The results also revealed that a perceived sense of meaningfulness at work exerts a robust mediating effect on the motivational mechanisms influencing teachers’ innovative behaviour

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