An interactional perspective on perceived empowerment: The role of personal needs and task context

Hiu Ying Hon, Roger B. Rensvold

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This study examines the influence of individual needs and task characteristics on a multifaceted definition of perceived empowerment using an interactional perspective. Respondents were Hong Kong Chinese employees and most of them lower-level or nonmanagerial level workers in business organizations. We used regression analyses to test a number of hypotheses informed by social psychology theories. The significant findings indicate that perceived empowerment is predicted by individual characteristics (need for achievement, need for power), task situations (receipt of task feedback, competency-based reward system, participation in goal setting) and their interactions. Limitations of the study and implications for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-982
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006


  • Individual needs
  • Interactional perspective
  • Perceived empowerment
  • Task characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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