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Employee Creative Behaviour: A Predictive Study of Perceived Relational Injustice and Workplace Ostracism among Public Sector Workers

Oguegbe, Tochukwu Matthew


Okonkwo, Kizito Ifunanya


Nwankwo, Anthony E.

Oguegbe, Tochukwu Matthew 1 ,

Okonkwo, Kizito Ifunanya 1 Nwankwo, Anthony E. 3

  1. Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Nigeria. 1

  2. Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam Anambra State, Nigeria. 3

Pages: 1-9

DOI: 10.18488/journal.74.2021.81.1.9

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Article History:

Received: 26 January, 2021
Revised: 02 March, 2021
Accepted: 29 March, 2021
Published: 21 April, 2021


The global pandemic and its concomitant effects on global economy has adversely impeded workplace creativity and workplace effectiveness especially in Africa. The present study examined perceived relational injustice and workplace ostracism as predictors of employee creative behaviour in the public sector. Participants in the study were one hundred and forty-six (146) employees drawn from public sector. They consist of 85 female and 61 male. The age of the participants range from 27 to 57 years with age mean of 41.55 and standard deviation of 7.14. Simple random sampling and accidental sampling technique were used to select the participants. The Employee’s Creative Behaviour Scale, Perceived Relational Injustice Scale and Workplace Ostracism were used for the data generation. The study adopted correlational design and Hierarchical Multiple-Linear Regression statistics as appropriate statistics for analyses of the data. Findings indicated that no significant prediction between perceived interpersonal of perceived relational injustice and employee creative behaviour at (F2, 143), ?= .11, t = 1.24, p>.05. Perceived information of perceived relational injustice on the other hand, significantly predicted employee creative behaviour at (F2, 143), ?=.19, t = 2.23, p<.05. Furthermore, work ostracism significantly predicted employee creative behaviour at (F1, 142), ?= .53, t = 6.03, p<.05. Therefore, it was recommended that hoarding of information and ignoring members’ effort in organisations should be avoided to enable the public sector experience growth and productivity.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes to the existing literature in the area of creative behavior of employees in the public sector through the understanding of basic workplace psychological determinants like perceived injustice and workplace ostracism in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.


Employee creative behaviour, Perceived relational injustice, Workplace ostracism.


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