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Beyond risk-taking: effects of psychological safety on cooperative goal interdependence and prosocial behavior

Leung, Kwok; Deng, Hong; Wang, Jie; Zhou, Fan

Authors

Kwok Leung

Hong Deng

Jie Wang

Fan Zhou



Abstract

In addition to risk-taking behavior, we propose that psychological safety also promotes prosocial behavior through cooperative goal interdependence. To differentiate these two types of effects, we contrasted the moderating effects of two interpersonal harmony motives. A survey in China supported the indirect effect of psychological safety on helping behavior through cooperative goal interdependence. This mediated relationship was moderated by harmony enhancement such that the mediated effect of psychological safety was weaker when harmony enhancement was high. Psychological safety was positively related to innovative behavior, and this relationship was moderated by disintegration avoidance such that it was weaker when disintegration avoidance was high. These results shed light on the different effects of psychological safety and their underlying mechanisms.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Journal Group & Organization Management
Electronic ISSN 1059-6011
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Leung, K., Deng, H., Wang, J., & Zhou, F. (2015). Beyond risk-taking: effects of psychological safety on cooperative goal interdependence and prosocial behavior. Group and Organization Management, 40(1), https://doi.org/10.1177/1059601114564012
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1059601114564012
Keywords psychological safety, cooperative goal interdependence, harmony enhancement; disintegration avoidance; helping behavior; innovative behavior
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1059601114564012
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article is part of the following special collection(s): Helping Behavior and Psychological Safety

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