What Affects the Innovative Behavior of Civil Servants? Survey Evidence from China

  • Rongrong He
  • Shuaifeng LiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1002)


To explore the factors influencing the innovative behavior of civil servants, a hypothetical model was established in this study on the basis of literature research and in-depth interview. To verify the research hypotheses, a questionnaire survey was conducted on 322 Chinese civil servants and statistical analysis was made on the sample data using SPSS22.0 and MPLUS7. The results show that: (1) Prosocial leadership silence and bureaucratic culture can only indirectly influence the innovative behavior through the expected innovation gains; (2) Job autonomy can not only directly predict the innovative behavior, but also indirectly influence the innovative behavior through the expected innovation gains. The research results suggest that government agencies should advocate the silent leadership style, and take measures to restrain the bureaucratic culture and improve the job autonomy of civil servants so as to stimulate their innovative behavior.


Innovative behavior Prosocial leadership silence Bureaucratic culture Job autonomy Expected innovation gains Government agencies 



We sincerely thank Ph.D. candidate Fu Yaping from the School of Public Administration of Sichuan University for the help in data collection, and be grateful for the language modification from Ph.D. candidate Liao Qi in the School of Foreign Languages of Sun Yat-Sen University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public AdministrationSichuan UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hainan UniversityHaikouPeople’s Republic of China

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