Taking empowerment to the next level: A multiple-level model of empowerment, performance, and satisfaction

Scott E. Seibert, Seth R. Silver, W. Alan Randolph

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Abstract

Most research to date has approached employee empowerment as an individual-level phenomenon. In this study we proposed a work-unit-level construct, empowerment climate, and tested a multiple-level model integrating macro and micro approaches to empowerment. Empowerment climate was shown to be empirically distinct from psychological empowerment and positively related to manager ratings of work-unit performance. A cross-level mediation analysis using hierarchical linear modeling showed that psychological empowerment mediated the relationships between empowerment climate and individual performance and job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-349
Number of pages18
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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