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Improving innovation performance through employee-driven innovation routes

Boertien, J.K. (2019) Improving innovation performance through employee-driven innovation routes.

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Abstract:Purpose – Recent research on employee-driven innovation (EDI) has tried to explain how EDI emerges through innovation routes. However, there is little knowledge on which instruments can be used to support radical innovations through EDI routes in the aim for innovative performance of organizations. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to explore how EDI routes emerge and taken together with the abilities, motivation, and opportunities (AMO) framework investigate which instruments can influence EDI routes towards enhanced innovative performance. Design/methodology/approach – In this qualitative research, an in-depth case study at a Dutch housing association is conducted based on 17 interviews from a multi-actor perspective, documents on innovative strategy, and observations. Findings – The results provide insights on how EDI routes emerge at the housing association through three phases consisting of activities that shape those phases, and illustrate which ability, motivational, and opportunity enhancing instruments have influence on the phases within such EDI routes. Practical implications – The results of this research provide practice with information for professionals that aim to improve the innovative performance driven by employees. Originality/value – An aggregated model is presented to clarify propositions and which instruments can be used to stimulate work-floor employees to contribute to innovative performance through EDI routes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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