What Drives People and Organisations that Drive Innovation? The Fundamental Motives, Organisational Climate, and Innovative Work Behaviour in the German Private Sector

Krivokapa-Williams, Nea (2023) What Drives People and Organisations that Drive Innovation? The Fundamental Motives, Organisational Climate, and Innovative Work Behaviour in the German Private Sector. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/9CD8M57G

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This PhD thesis investigates the drivers of innovation within the German private sector, focusing on the context of individual and organisational factors. At the individual level, the research explores the influence of intrinsic motivation on innovative work behaviour (IWB). While previous studies have examined personality traits, such as the Big Five, and their relationship with innovation, this thesis takes a multi-faceted approach. By exploring fundamental intrinsic motives, a deeper understanding of the complex nature of motivation and its role in fostering innovation is achieved and an original contribution to the field of motivational studies and innovation management is made. On the organisational level, the study recognises that innovation is a collaborative and multi-stage process. Therefore, examining innovation solely at the individual level is insufficient. The research investigates the mediation effect of organisational climate variables, such as autonomy, formalisation, and reflexivity, on the relationship between fundamental motives and innovative work behaviour. This study examines two data sets collected from eight German enterprises, encompassing 584 employee surveys and 421 supervisor surveys. After cleaning and matching the data, a total of 372 data sets were analysed to test the proposed hypotheses, employing Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The findings of this research have both theoretical and practical implications. The theoretical framework developed in this study contributes to the understanding of innovation drivers, while the practical recommendations offer guidance for increasing innovation within the German private sector. By establishing a comprehensive understanding of innovation and its underlying drivers, organisations can foster a climate of innovation and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Dawson, Davidddawson@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/david-dawson/
Darwish, Tamertdarwish@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/tamer-darwish/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation; Motivation; German private sector
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2024 15:48
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2024 15:48
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/13685

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