Last week I was on a dissertation evaluating the work entitled “Leadership and organizational climate as distal antecedents of organizational citizenship behaviors oriented to change: The mediating role of cognitive-motivational states” of the PhD Candidate Mercedes Lopez Dominguez, whose supervisors have been the Professor Jose M. Sallan and Pep Simo. It’s a good work: 5 stars …

The goal of the dissertation is to examine the proactive behaviors in the field of organizational citizenship behaviors. Specifically, the research is based on a general framework of proactive motivation to propose and validate a model that evaluates the impact of dimension individualize of transformational leadership and innovative organizational climate as distal antecedents of organizational citizenship behaviors oriented to change, through its direct impact on cognitive-emotional states of individuals (self-efficacy in fulfilling the role and self-responsibility for constructive change). This model is based on that proposed by Parker, Bindl and Strauss (2010) on motivation proactive and research that recognizes the importance of transformational leadership and innovative organizational climate for this type of behavior (eg Betencourt, 2004; Choi, 2007).

The measures used in this research are based on scales that have been empirically validated by the existing literature. Specifically, the behavior change-oriented organizational citizenship was measured using the scale developed by Choi (2007), self-responsibility for constructive change by the scale proposed by Morrison and Phelps (1999), self-efficacy in fulfilling the role by using elements the scale developed by Parker (1998), the subdomains of individualized consideration using the scale developed by Rafferty and Griffin (2006), and innovative organizational climate components scale by Scott and Bruce (1994). The model including all hypothesized relationships was tested using structural equation modeling using software AMOS. The model was tested on a sample of 602 Spanish employees with higher education.