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Resources for employee-driven innovation in a formalised setting

Zwijnenberg, A.J. (2020) Resources for employee-driven innovation in a formalised setting.

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Abstract:The purpose of this research is to identify the resources that are necessary to stimulate employee-driven innovation in a formalised setting. Every employee can contribute to the innovation process. However, most innovations are still generated by specific groups within the organisation, and there is uncertainty on how formalisation affects innovative behaviour among the employees. This study explores the resources that can help an organisation to stimulate employees to engage in employee-driven innovation in a formalised setting. We obtained secondary data from 15 interviews originating from two different highly formalised organisations. We used the resource-mobilisation theory as the framework for the analyses. By using the five different resources provided by the theory, we analysed, categorised, and compared the data. A formalised organisation can provide a degree of autonomy for its employees. Formalising an organisation does not mean that employee-driven innovation is excluded. Providing an employee-friendly environment with trust and support among the employees, and where there is an established communication infrastructure helps to stimulate employee-driven innovation. Involving employees and informing them of the organisational course gives them an indication of what the organisation needs and encourages them to help the organisation reach its goals.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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