A structural equation modelling of innovation in public sector organisations

19 June 2018

The purpose of the present study is to assess innovation in public sector organisations using a structural equation modelling (SEM) approach to test the structural relationships between latent variables that are predictors to innovation. Data were collected from participants of three public sector organisations in Kenya. The sample consisted one hundred and eighty-six employees participated in the present survey. Measurement instrument consisted 115 items rated on Likert-type scale ranging from 1 strongly disagree to 5 strongly agree. Data were analysed using AMOS 16 software integrated with SPSS 17 to test the model. The results of the SEM identified top management practices, leadership practices, technology, social and overcoming barriers as having strong positive relationships with innovation outcomes / indicators. The study suggests a model for the assessment of innovation in the public-sector organisations. The results of the present research have implications for policy makers as well as public sector practitioners. A measurement scale was developed based on a literature stream from both public and private sectors, a model was developed and tested using structural equation modelling.