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Adopting Employees Ideas: Moderators of the Idea Generation-Idea Implementation Link
Creativity Research Journal (2012)
  • Nancy Da Silva, San Jose State University
  • Greg R. Oldham, Tulane University
Abstract

This study examined the possibility that the relationship between the number of ideas an employee generated and the number of those ideas that were adopted by the organization was moderated by the general radicalness of the employee's ideas (i.e., the extent to which the ideas were breakthrough or groundbreaking), the employee's intention to stay, psychological safety, and coworker support. Ninety-three employees generated one or more ideas and raters evaluated the radicalness and implementation of these ideas. Results showed a positive relationship between the number of ideas generated by an employee and the number adopted when the employee's ideas were generally low in radicalness. However, when an employee's ideas were generally high in radicalness, there was a positive relationship between the numbers generated and implemented only when the employee intended to remain a member of the organization or felt psychologically safe at work. The implications of these results for future research and practice are discussed.

Keywords
  • employees,
  • idea implementation link
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
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Citation Information
Nancy Da Silva and Greg R. Oldham. "Adopting Employees Ideas: Moderators of the Idea Generation-Idea Implementation Link" Creativity Research Journal Vol. 24 Iss. 2,3 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nancy_dasilva/11/