Reviewing psychological facets of workplace innovation

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In this article, we present a review of recent studies on workplace innovation (WPI) from a work and organizational psychology (WOP) perspective, with the aim of showing the potential advantages of taking a WOP perspective on WPI. We first outline a few different conceptualisations of WPI and of its main outcomes, that is, quality of working life and organizational performance. Next, we examine the intersections between research in WOP and WPI, specifically focusing on how an understanding of organizational and work-related dynamics can influence the effectiveness of WPI practices. Third, in an attempt to facilitate the integration of research on WOP and WPI and to disentangle the mechanisms underlying the effective implementation of WPI policies, we present evidence on three critical concepts in WOP and their relationship to WPI: job autonomy, job flexibility and participation in organizational life. Finally, we discuss some practical implications for Work and Organizational Psychologists interested in WPI implementation.

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Costantini, A., Sartori, R. & Ceschi, A., (2017) “Reviewing psychological facets of workplace innovation”, EWOP in Practice 9(1), 6–18. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87100

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Arianna Costantini (University of Verona)
Riccardo Sartori (University of Verona)
Andrea Ceschi (University of Verona)

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