The cross-level moderating effect of team task support on the nonlinear relationship between proactive personality and employee reflective learning

Shipton, H. ORCID: 0000-0003-4006-7923, Yang, H., Van der Heijden, B. and Wu, C.-H., 2021. The cross-level moderating effect of team task support on the nonlinear relationship between proactive personality and employee reflective learning. Journal of Organizational Behavior. ISSN 0894-3796

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Abstract

Reflective learning is a fundamental part of human learning and development and has attracted attention from management scholars as well as practitioners. In this study, we build on trait activation theory and investigate how proactive personality and team task support jointly influence employee reflective learning. Using a questionnaire survey, we collected data at two-time points from 154 participants nested in 37 teams in five organizations in the UK. The results from multilevel analyses showed that proactive personality had a positive effect on reflective learning up to a certain point. Over and above this inflection point, this positive effect ceased to further increase. In addition, the nonlinear effect of proactive personality on reflective learning was much stronger when team task support was weak than when it was strong. The finding regarding the nonlinear relationship extends our understanding of the effect of proactive personality. The cross-level moderating effect of team task support suggests a complementary perspective to appreciate the interactions between proactive personality and its relevant situational characteristics. Practitioners can use these findings to design effective intervention plans and facilitate employee reflective learning in specific settings and in workplace learning in general.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Organizational Behavior
Creators: Shipton, H., Yang, H., Van der Heijden, B. and Wu, C.-H.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 4 October 2021
ISSN: 0894-3796
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10.1002/job.2572DOI
1477285Other
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Shipton, H., Yang, H., Van der Heijden, B., & Wu, C. (2021). The cross-level moderating effect of team task support on the nonlinear relationship between proactive personality and employee reflective learning. Journal of Organizational Behavior, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2572. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 13 Oct 2021 09:56
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 16:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44426

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