Workplace innovation in a nonprofit organization

Adela Jana McMurray, Mazharul Islam, James Christopher Sarros, Andrew John Pirola-Merlo

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We examine the relationships among leadership, organizational climate, and workplace innovation in a nonprofit organization. We used established scales including the Transformational Leadership Scale, Organizational Climate Questionnaire, and Workplace Innovation Scale, and then descriptive statistics, regression models, and regression-based path analysis to fulfill the objectives of the study. The survey was administered to full-time and part-time employees in a religious-based nonprofit organization in Australia. A major finding is that leadership directly promotes workplace innovation and can foster a healthy climate, while the partial effect of organizational climate on workplace innovation, holding leadership constant, was insignificant. Certain characteristics of transformational leadership, transactional leadership, and organizational climate were predictive of workplace innovation as defined. The benefit of this study resides in its potential to look further into predictive leadership characteristics that would assist with recruitment processes in nonprofit organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367 - 388
Number of pages22
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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