We are pleased to be able to present our work on proactive behaviour and innovation at the ICP 2020 conference.  ICP is organised every four years. After a long history, the first ICP Congress was held in Paris in 1889, the ICP has become one of the largest international psychological event. The 32 ICP will take place in the wondeful city of Prague, the heart of Europe and the capital of the Czech Republic.

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Deprez, G., Battistelli, A., Vandenberghe, C., & Cangialosi, N. (2020). Linking proactivity & deviance to commitment & turnover intent: the idea championing mediating role. Oral communication to the International Congress of Psychology (ICP), July 19-24, Prague, Czech Republic.

Abstract: Research on innovative behavior has largely focused on the phases of behavioral generation and implementation (Anderson, Potočnik, & Zhou, 2014), whereas the idea championing has been relegated to the background (Howell & Boies, 2004). However, championing is essential, as it could change employee’s commitment (Ng, 2015). In addition, the championing process would require employees to be proactive rather than reactive (Perry-Smith & Mannucci, 2017), so that a successful idea would not remain dormant (Frost & Egri, 1991). Thus, this study aims to analyze, through the idea championing mediating process, the effect of proactive work behaviors, and constructive deviant work behaviors, on affective commitment and turnover intention. Based on a sample of 310 workers in a two-wave study, structural equation model analyses first revealed that a constructive deviance second order factor (encompassing constructive deviant behavior and prosocial rule breaking efficiency) had an inhibitory effect on idea championing, and proactive behavior higher factor (constructive voice and taking charge) had a facilitatory effect on it. Second, idea championing was related to increased affective commitment and reduced turnover intention. Finally, on the one hand, a positive indirect path existed between proactive work behavior and affective commitment; on the other hand, a negative indirect path was observed between proactive work behavior and turnover intention. Opposite indirect paths were observed when using constructive work deviance as antecedent. This research underlines the importance of acting proactively upstream, rather than deviating from the norm, to promote innovative ideas in the workplace and build employee loyalty to the organization. Therefore, this study breaks new ground, by showing how idea championing acts a key-mechanism that fosters individuals’ psychological attachment to their organization. Finally, this study also indicates that proactive, and constructive deviant behaviors, are conceptually different, and exert opposite effects over time, despite their similar orientation towards innovation and change.

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