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Understanding Employee Engagement in Un-Official Projects – A Conceptual Model Based on Psychological Empowerment and Constructive Deviance

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Buchwald, Arne ; Urbach, Nils ; Mähring, Magnus:
Understanding Employee Engagement in Un-Official Projects – A Conceptual Model Based on Psychological Empowerment and Constructive Deviance.
2015
Event: 36th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) , 13.-16. Dez. 2015 , Fort Worth, USA.
(Conference item: Conference , Paper )

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Un-official projects resulting from unsanctioned, bottom-up employee initiatives is a phenomenon that can cause serious resource planning problems in IT project portfolio management, such as when resources thought to be available have actually been spent on projects conducted under the radar. At the same time, such project may also give rise to innovative ideas, solutions and software of potentially great benefit to organizations. Previous research has begun to acknowledge and highlight the innovative potential in bottom-up un-official activities, but little is known about why individual professionals engage in un-official projects. We draw on psychological empowerment and constructive deviance theory to explain such engagement, identifying factors fostering empowerment as well as factors moderating whether empowerment translates into un-official project activities. Our conceptual model contributes to the theoretical discourse on un-official projects and equips practitioners with knowledge that can help them balance the propensity of individuals to engage in un-official activities.

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Item Type: Conference item (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Un-official projects; bottom-up projects; psychological empowerment; deviance theory; constructive workplace behavior
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management > Professorship Business Informations Systems and strategic IT management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 08:52
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 13:11
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/19522