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Empowerment, Knowledge Sharing and Innovative Behaviors: Exploring Gender Differences

, Shaker Jamal Bani Melhem, Rachid Zeffane
Published in World Scientific Publishing
Volume: 23
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 28

We examine the effects of empowerment and knowledge sharing on employee innovative behaviors and explore gender differences. The study draws on a sample of 305 employees from the UAE (United Arab Emirates) service sector. Based on an extensive literature review, we develop a conceptual model and formulate four main hypotheses. Statistical analysis was conducted using structural equation modelling with Smart-Partial Least Squares (PLS). The results clearly show and confirm that feelings of empowerment and knowledge sharing have strong and significant impacts on employee innovative behaviors. Surprising and quite interestingly, females report greater feelings of empowerment but were less inclined to engage in knowledge sharing. The findings also show significant gender differences in relation the impacts of empowerment and knowledge sharing on innovative behaviors. The above gender disparities seem to be specific to the UAE context which are discussed, The implications of the above findings for management practice and future research are also discussed. Keywords: Gender, Empowerment, Knowledge Sharing, Innovative Behavior, United Arab Emirates

About the journal
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation Management
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Open AccessYes