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.
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.
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?
Topic: Business Strategy, Creativity, Strategic HR Publication: Harvard Business Review (SEPT 2012) Article: Bringing Science to the Art of Strategy Authors: A. G. Lafley, R. L. Martin, J. W. Rivkin, and N. Siggelkow Reviewed By: Megan Leasher Strategic planners sit down once a year. They pride themselves on their scientific
Topic: Creativity, Strategic HR, Teams
Publication: Academy of Management Journal
Article: How does bureaucracy impact individual creativity? A cross-level investigation of team contextual influences on goal orientation-creativity relationships
Authors: Giles Hirst, Daan Van Knippenberg, Chin-Hui Chen, & Claudia A. Sacramento
Reviewed By: Katie Bachman
Topic: Diversity, Work Environment, Culture, Creativity
Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior (April, 2011)
Article: Perceived similarity, proactive adjustment, and organizational socialization
Authors: J. D. Kammeyer-Mueller, B. A. Livingston, & H. Liau
Reviewed by: Charleen Maher
Topic: Creativity, Strategic HR, Stress
Publication: Human Resource Management (49)
Article: Does Structuring of Human Resource Management Process Enhance Employee Creativity? The Mediating Role of Psychological Availability
Authors: G. Binyamin, A. Carmeli
Reviewed By: Lauren A. Wood
Topic: Business Strategy, Creativity
Publication: Harvard Business Review (OCT 2010)
Article: Building the co-creative enterprise
Authors: V. Ramaswany, F. Gouillart
Reviewed By: Liz Brashier