Slacking Off in Comfort : A Dual-Pathway Model for Psychological Safety Climate

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1144
Journal / PublicationJournal of Management
Volume45
Issue number3
Online published1 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Abstract

Research on psychological safety climate has primarily focused on its salutary effects on group risk-taking behaviors. We developed a group-level dual-pathway model in which psychological safety climate also exerts a simultaneous negative effect on risk-taking behaviors by diminishing group average work motivation. In a field survey, we found that psychological safety climate was positively related to group learning behavior and voice through a reduction in group average fear of failure but negatively related to them through a reduction in group average work motivation. This dual-pathway model and its mechanisms were conceptually replicated in a laboratory experiment with group creativity as a different risk-taking behavior. In this experiment, we examined the moderating effects of group individualism/collectivism and found that psychological safety climate increased the originality and flexibility dimensions of group creativity through a reduction in group average fear of failure only in groups with a collectivistic orientation and reduced the fluency dimension of and time spent on creativity through a reduction in group average work motivation only in individualistic groups.

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  • culture and climate, mixed methods, positive organizational behavior

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Slacking Off in Comfort : A Dual-Pathway Model for Psychological Safety Climate. / Deng, Hong; Leung, Kwok; Lam, Catherine K.; Huang, Xu.

In: Journal of Management, Vol. 45, No. 3, 03.2019, p. 1114-1144.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal