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Cheung, C M and Qingbin, C (2016) Setting the Stage for Effective Safety Leadership in Construction: The Antecedents of Safety-Specific Transformational Leadership Behaviours. In: Chan, P W and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2016, Manchester UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 477–486.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: Job demands-resources model, positive organisational behaviour, safety leadership, safety performance, work engagement
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9955463-0-1
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/6308e768fd85ffe4972f56c3631ae6e6.pdf
  • Abstract:

    Representing about 30% of all fatal injuries in the United States in the past decade, the construction industry is notorious for its poor safety performance. Research suggested that a strong predictor of safety performance is safety leadership. Specifically, safety-specific transformational leadership behaviour (STLB) was found to be the most predictable factor of safety outcomes. However, there has been scant attention to what organizational context and personal factors could facilitate construction leaders to engage in STLB. Consequently, it is currently unclear how to develop a supportive environment and effective training programs to help the application of STLB. To narrow such a knowledge gap, this study examines how personal resources (hope, optimism, resilience, and self-efficacy), job resources (management support, work autonomy, and job demands (perceived risk and hazards) could affect one's work engagement in STLB. Following the predictions of the motivational process of the Job Demands-Resources Model in positive organisational behaviour theory, we expect that the relationship between job resources and STLB will be moderated by personal resources, job demands and work engagement. Based on survey data from leaders who work in a major construction contractor in the United States, the research model is tested using structural equation modelling techniques. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. (204 words)