This book reflects on the increasing variety of perspectives in organizational innovation research, paying attention to the antecedents, but also to the outcomes, of innovation. Some chapters analyze the ‘dark side’ of innovation, including the potential negative consequences of innovative behaviors, or of defying the innovation maximization fallacy. Others explicitly consider affective responses after innovation efforts, and assume that positive or negative effects rely on the context in which innovations occur, and on the way in which people manage the process of innovation.
Several contributions adopt the dialectic approach by considering the multiple pathways and mechanisms that could lead to innovation at organizations. Most of the chapters include the interaction of actors’ characteristics (from employees or teams) together with situational constraints from the task or the social context, and outline the relevance of processes like team learning; motivation variables like basic need satisfaction; congruence of motives or meaningfulness at work; dynamics of communication networks; and affective variables.
This edited collection offers a rich picture of current research and management trends in the field and contributes constructively toward promoting the dialectic perspective on creativity and innovation in the workplace. This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.
Introduction – Studying innovation in organizations: a dialectic perspective José Ramos, Neil Anderson, José M. Peiró and Fred Zijlstra
1. A constructively critical review of change and innovation-related concepts: towards conceptual and operational clarity Kristina Potočnik and Neil Anderson
2. Creative and innovative performance: a meta-analysis of relationships with task, citizenship, and counterproductive job performance dimensions Michael B. Harari, Angela C. Reaves and Chockalingam Viswesvaran
3. When the fire dies: Perceived success and support for innovation shape the motivating potential of innovative work behaviour Toon Devloo, Frederik Anseel, Alain De Beuckelaer and Marjolein Feys
4. How does creativity at work influence employee’s positive affect at work? Susana M. Tavares
5. Who will be on my side? The role of peers’ achievement motivation in the evaluation of innovative ideas Tina Urbach, Doris Fay and Kristina Lauche
6. Leaned teamwork fattens workplace innovation: the relationship between task complexity, team learning and team proactivity Annika Lantz Friedrich, Anders Sjöberg and Peter Friedrich
7. Uncovering the dark side of innovation: the influence of the number of innovations on work teams’ satisfaction and performance Vicente González-Romá and Ana Hernández
8. The influence of friendship and communication network density on individual innovative behaviours: a multilevel study Simone Donati, Salvatore Zappalà and Vicente González-Romá
9. Engaged teams deliver better service performance in innovation climates Esther García-Buades, Vicente Martínez-Tur, Silvia Ortiz-Bonnín and José M. Peiró