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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-107

Innovative work behavior of managers: Implications regarding stressful challenges of modernized public- and private-sector organizations

1 Department of Sociology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
2 Department of Applied Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

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Sudeshna Basu Mukherjee
Department of Sociology, University of Calcutta, 46/1 New Ballygunge Road, Kolkata - 700 039
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.62269

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Background: The present study was firstly aimed to find out the nature of stressful life events arising out of the innovative challenges in modernized organizations; and secondly, it tried to identify the relationship between innovative work behavior of managers and the levels of stress arising out of stressful events in modernized organizations (public and private) in West Bengal. Materials and Methods: Data was collected from a sample of 200 managers, by using 3 tools (General Information Schedule, Life Event Inventory and Innovative Work Behavior Scale) through a face-to-face interview. Responses were subjected to both quantitative and qualitative analyses. The data was statistically treated for 't' and ANOVA. Results: Data highlighted the fact that the qualitative profile of stressful events in the lives of managers expressed specificity in terms of their organizational type (public- and private-sector modernized organizations), and levels of stress from stressful life events were significantly higher among the modernized private-sector managers than those among public-sector managers. The prevalence of innovative work behavior was moderately higher among managers of private-sector modernized organizations than their counterparts in public-sector organizations. The trends of innovative work behavior of the managers indicated much variability due to interaction of their level of perceived stressful challenges for innovation and the global forces of change that have unleashed dynamic, systematic and higher expectation level from them.

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