Unleashing the innovative potential of employees : promoting opportunity-recognition behaviors and psychological ownership

Beekhof, L.G. (2016) Unleashing the innovative potential of employees : promoting opportunity-recognition behaviors and psychological ownership.

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Abstract:Organizations wish to strengthen the innovation process from the bottom up by tapping into the innovative potential of employees. The aim of this action research is to examine if and how an intervention can successfully and simultaneously promote opportunity-recognition behaviors and individual and collective psychological ownership. For this research, the intervention is based on Appreciative Inquiry. The intervention was administered to five teams from three organizations. Overall, the results show that opportunity-recognition behaviors and individual and collective psychological ownership were promoted by the intervention. However, the extent to which opportunity-recognition behaviors as well as individual and collective ownership was promoted varied between teams as well as between individual participants. The five types of barriers to and enablers of the invention’s success that were identified – characteristics of the participants, the teams, the management, the intervention, and the organization – might explain some of the variation in successfulness of the intervention between teams and individual participants. Although, due to the exploratory nature of this research, the results are preliminary, they are encouraging. Further research into similar and other interventions and factors is needed to better understand how to enable employees to contribute to organizational success by tapping into their innovative potential.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69035
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