This volume guides workplace trainers in teaching the significance of Employee-Driven Innovation (EDI) and recognising that each and every employee is capable of being the driver of innovation. Given that innovation has become imperative to unlock competitive advantage, and that employees are increasingly regarded as a quintessential aspect of innovation, this focus on EDI and how to enable it is both necessary and opportune.
The book is split into three parts: first focusing on helping trainers to address the challenges of getting employees to engage in innovative work besides their regular job tasks. How can organisations instil this mindset in their employees who see themselves as stalwarts of status quo? The book then turns to how organisations can engage employees in innovation, with an accompanying emphasis that the enactment of EDI may not follow a prescribed or planned flow. It then closes by offering real-world examples of the unfolding of EDI in both the Finnish and Singaporean contexts.
The book is aimed at educating enterprises, both employers and workplace trainers, and adult educators in the practices and approaches to engage employees in innovation. It seeks to bridge, specifically the theory-practice nexus of EDI, and nudge the enterprises and TAE (training and adult education) practitioners that have yet to involve or engage employees systematically in innovation to seriously consider it.
1. Making Employee-Driven Innovation Achievable: Paving the Way
Justina Tan and Joel Sim
2. Innovation Mindsets – A Framework to Understand Employees’ Motivation to Act on Opportunities for Innovation
Malte Krohn and Cornelius Herstatt
3. Forging an Innovation Mindset: Practices in Small to Medium Size Enterprises
Chong Wan Har, Joel Sim, Calvin M. L. Chan and Stephen Billett
4. Moving Beyond the Innovation Mindset
Laura McLaughlin and James McLaughlin
5. Employee Empowerment as a Foundational Approach to Foster Employee-Driven Innovation
6. Emergence of Employee-Driven Innovation: The Dynamic Interplay of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processes
Izabelle Bäckström and Wafa Said Mosleh
7. Employee Capability and Knowledge as Driving Forces for SMES’ Competitive Advantages
Sam Boran Li
8. Employee-Driven Innovation (EDI) in Finland
9. Understanding Employee-Driven Innovation Through Positioning Theory Lens: Insights From Singapore
10. Making EDI Work From Theory to Practice – Encapsulating the Essence
Wing On Lee and Justina Tan
This is one of the first comprehensive studies on EDI in an Asian context. The book by Justina Tan and Wing On Lee impresses not only with its scientific foundation but also with its relevance. It thus builds a valuable bridge between research and practice and opens a new chapter in EDI research.
Peter Kesting, Associate Professor of Strategy and Organizational Behaviour, Aarhus University, Denmark
Innovation especially EDI is widely recognised and accepted by organisations. The key challenge faced by many leaders is the difficulty of putting in place a pragmatic and sustainable system to support EDI. This book is a much-needed guide on how to translate aspirations into practice.
Lee Kheng Hock, Senior Consultant, Deputy CEO (Education and Community Partnerships), SingHealth Community Hospitals, Singapore
Innovation is widely recognised as key to vibrancy, growth and success of organisations. More so if it is embedded in the culture of organisations and imbued in all their employees. Accordingly, EDI should be sought after, but the key challenge faced by many leaders is the difficulty of putting in place a pragmatic and sustainable system to support EDI. This book is a much-needed guide on how to translate aspirations into practice.
Cheong Hee Kiat, Professor, Founding President of Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Singapore