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Micro-foundations of innovation

Micro-foundations of innovation The purpose of this paper is to extend current discussion on the drivers of innovative work behaviour (IWB) of individuals by connecting theories of flow (personal factor), employee silence (relational) and time pressure (contextual).Design/methodology/approachData have been collected from employees of five companies based in Italy (n=608).FindingsSilence is negatively related to IWB, whereas flow has the opposite association. Perceived time pressure moderates the relationship between employee silence and IWB. Furthermore, the findings indicate that the highest levels of IWB will take place when the flow level is high, individuals are absorbed in and enjoy their work, and the level of employee silence is low, enabling them to exchange ideas and obtain the necessary support and resources. At the same time, low levels of time pressure provide them with sufficient time for innovative processes to take place, ideas to be shared, and individuals to become engrossed in their innovations.Research limitations/implicationsCross-sectional single-source data set.Practical implicationsEstablishing a work context favourable for stimulating each employee’s active contribution towards IWB based on a complex interaction among flow, silence and time pressure.Originality/valueBuilding on the theories of flow and the relational model of employee silence and combining their logic, the research not only delves into the two specific paths to IWB but also examines their multiple effects. Furthermore, the authors pin both factors (silence and flow) under the contextual influence of perceived time pressure, investigating how they simultaneously relate to IWB. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Innovation Management Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1460-1060
DOI
10.1108/ejim-01-2018-0013
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to extend current discussion on the drivers of innovative work behaviour (IWB) of individuals by connecting theories of flow (personal factor), employee silence (relational) and time pressure (contextual).Design/methodology/approachData have been collected from employees of five companies based in Italy (n=608).FindingsSilence is negatively related to IWB, whereas flow has the opposite association. Perceived time pressure moderates the relationship between employee silence and IWB. Furthermore, the findings indicate that the highest levels of IWB will take place when the flow level is high, individuals are absorbed in and enjoy their work, and the level of employee silence is low, enabling them to exchange ideas and obtain the necessary support and resources. At the same time, low levels of time pressure provide them with sufficient time for innovative processes to take place, ideas to be shared, and individuals to become engrossed in their innovations.Research limitations/implicationsCross-sectional single-source data set.Practical implicationsEstablishing a work context favourable for stimulating each employee’s active contribution towards IWB based on a complex interaction among flow, silence and time pressure.Originality/valueBuilding on the theories of flow and the relational model of employee silence and combining their logic, the research not only delves into the two specific paths to IWB but also examines their multiple effects. Furthermore, the authors pin both factors (silence and flow) under the contextual influence of perceived time pressure, investigating how they simultaneously relate to IWB.

Journal

European Journal of Innovation ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 4, 2019

Keywords: Flow; Innovative work behaviour; Employee silence; Micro-foundations; Perceived time pressure

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