New research shows that territorial marking can impact creativity.
Where does workplace innovation come from? Innovative people, of course. But finding those people or predicting who those people will be is a near-impossible task for most organizations. So what can we do about this problem? New research shows that organizations can use a simple strategy to inspire all their employees to make innovative contributions.
You have a wonderful idea about how to improve your workplace, but will you tell anybody about it? Sometimes speaking up is difficult to do. After all, you might be chastised or mocked for daring to challenge the status quo. New research shows that the mood of the potential listener may help determine whether or not you choose to speak up.
How can you best foster workplace innovation and creativity in your organization? New research suggests that the key might be the width of leaders’ social networks. By working with leaders who have substantial social networks, employees are granted more resources to utilize in creative ways.
A new study finds that hiding information from colleagues has deep implications for any organization. Individuals who hide pertinent information will soon find their actions reciprocated, ultimately creating a distrust loop. In the end, this cycle limits creativity within an organization, but having the correct organizational environment can help stimulate creativity and reduce an employee’s desire to hide information with colleagues.
Workplace creativity has become increasingly valuable to employers. In the new study researchers found significant differences in how employees in Eastern and Western cultures function best creatively. They found that, due to factors such as power distance and collectivism, social context played a major role.
As the global economy rallies, we see an increase in cultural business start-ups. These creative industries, which include the arts, music, theatre, and so on, are in some ways quite different from conventional businesses. A cultural entrepreneur should take care to understand when their business can rely on social networking, and when it cannot.
Change dominates the modern business landscape. Business as usual can no longer enough outpace the competition. In all sectors of the global marketplace, creative solutions to complex problems prove critical to success. Unfortunately simply hiring creative employees isn’t enough. The perfect creative solution still requires implementation.
In this study, the authors examined circumstances in which creativity is positively or negatively related to firm performance. They argued that the relationship between creativity and firm performance is contingent on riskiness orientation, firm size, and realized absorptive capacity. Findings indicate that creativity decreased performance in firms with risky strategies and positively affected performance in firms able to act on ideas.
Earlier this year, Marissa Mayer, the former Google employee and current Yahoo CEO, ordered employees who were working from home to now work in the office in an attempt to foster more innovation within the company. This raises the question: what fosters innovation?