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Creative participation in construction firms: bridging creativity and innovation

Sergeeva, N. and Radosavljevic, M. (2012) Creative participation in construction firms: bridging creativity and innovation. OTMC Organization, technology & management in construction: an international journal, 4 (2). pp. 490-506. ISSN 1847-6228

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5592/otmcj.2012.2.5


An intricate evolution of mainstream theories follows the growing need to explain employees’ commitment and engagement. Our understanding of these work-related phenomena and behaviour has improved but creativity and innovation as desired indicators are still often treated as coexisting constructs with very little attention given to a state of willingness of an individual to even consider contributing ideas. In this research we investigate the influence of knowledge and understanding, perceived radicality, personality dimensions, and favouring of ideas on employee willingness to creatively participate in order to trace its existence in propagation of ideas. A total of 76 construction and non-construction professionals participated in between-subject quasi-experiments. We also proposed IPO-based radicality of ideas construct from the viewpoint of employees involved in the processes of transformation. The research findings show that experts with deep understanding of the work are more likely to contribute highly radical ideas to decision-makers than less knowledgeable employees. Furthermore, personal factors that impact employee willingness to creatively participate have been valued higher than organisational factors. Personality dimensions by The BigFive Inventory have shown no effect on willingness to contribute ideas, while favouring of ideas showed a significant effect. In general, the findings show similarities with some studies of consumer willingness to participate in co-creation processes and thus indicate that firms may be studied as dynamic internal markets of ideas.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:30488
Publisher:University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering


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