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Employee initiatives for creativity and innovation in a product development department
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2011 (English)In: In proceedings XXII ISPIM International Society for Professional Innovation Management Conference: Sustainability in innovation: Innovation management challenges / [ed] Huizingh K R E, Conn S, Torkkeli M and Bitran I, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study examines prerequisites for developing ideas in a product development organisation. To encourage new ideas, the organisation used a suggestion system. The study shows that support for employee initiatives varied depending on the type of initiative: proactive or reactive. Employees with reactive initiatives (ideas motivated by quality, customer, or user problems) had strong support from managers, colleagues, patent group employees, and a large international customer. Employees with proactive initiatives - ideas not directly responding to a specific demand - found it risky to offer their suggestions, as they feared their ideas might be stolen. In addition, these employees experienced difficulties to find trustful people and frustration because little feedback was provided after they shared their ideas. The study shows that proactive initiatives are vulnerable and the employees who provide these types of initiative need a trusting and supportive work milieu.

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Employee initiative, creativity, innovation, proactive, reactive, suggestion system
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71186ISBN: 978-952-265-092-4OAI: diva2:445570
XXII ISPIM International Society for Professional Innovation Management Conference, 12-15 June, Hamburg, Germany
Available from: 2011-10-04 Created: 2011-10-04 Last updated: 2012-01-02

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