Vol. 2 No. 1 (2023): Advancing Quality Care and Patient Safety

Original Research Article

Perceived organizational support for innovation and its impact on employee work commitment among healthcare workers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Al Turki
King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Ahmed Mohammed Elnour Elkhalifa
The Saudi Electronic University, College of Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia | University of El Imam El Mahdi, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Sudan


innovation, employee commitment, leadership, Saudi Arabia

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Accepted for publication: 2023-05-02
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Background: The Support Theory for Organizations asserts that an organization can only experience growth when its employees feel accepted and have access to opportunities for change. The behavior of organizations towards change can either be accepting or resistant. When an organization adopts an innovative support strategy, it encourages positive employee behavior and creativity, in addition to practicing transformational leadership styles. Commitment, the state of being dedicated to work or action, is a fundamental theory for a thriving workplace environment.

Objective: This study aimed to determine the relationship between leader perception of innovation acceptance and employee work commitment among healthcare providers in multi-centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in 2019. Data were collected using Perceived Organization Innovativeness Scale and the Employee Engagement Questionnaire to measure leader innovativeness perception and employee work commitment. Convenience sampling was carried out in eight departments, and the data were analyzed using IBM SPSS version 23 for descriptive data analysis and ANOVA.

Results: The result was not significant enough to reach a proven level (p <0.05). However, the leaders who participated in the study had a moderate to high perception of innovation, and 51% of the employees had an above-average commitment score.

Conclusion: The study concluded that leaders' behavior towards innovation may enhance employees' work productivity. However, a well-structured multicentric project should be conducted to assess this theory further.

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The author declares no significant competing financial, professional, or personal interests might have influenced the performance or presentation of the work described in this manuscript.



Authors’ Contributions

All authors met the ICMJE authorship criteria. In addition, all authors were accountable for each step of the study and approved the final version of the article to be published.

Data Availability Statement

Data were available upon request to the corresponding author.

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