Non-economic motivations for organizational citizenship behavior in construction megaprojects

Delei Yang, Qinghua He, Qingbin Cui, Shu Chien Hsu

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This study examined the primary non-economic motivations behind participating entities' organizational citizenship behavior in construction megaprojects, referred to as their megaproject citizenship behavior (MCB), in terms of altruism and observed practice. A questionnaire-based survey designed to test the effect of non-economic drivers on MCB revealed that the pursuit of social value and self-serving motivation, including firm development and political appeal, function as significant non-economic drivers of MCB. And the self-serving motivation to perform MCB is generally less significant than the pursuit of social value, and the relationship between self-serving motivation and MCB is partially moderated by the governmental connections of the megaprojects. In government-hosted construction megaprojects, when the governmental connections of the individual participating entity are as strong as those of the megaproject itself, MCB engagement is actually driven by the pursuit of firm development and political appeal even where the apparent driver is the pursuit of social value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-74
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Firm development
  • Megaproject citizenship behavior
  • Political appeal
  • Self-serving motive
  • Social value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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