Advanced

MOTIVATION FATIGUE AS A THREAT to INNOVATION : BYPASSING the PRODUCTIVITY DILEMMA in R&D by CYCLIC PRODUCTION

Mattsson, Jan; Helmersson, Helge LU and Stetler, Katarina (2016) In International Journal of Innovation Management 20(2).
Abstract

What do employees need in order to be innovative? In this paper, we explored how employees with different lengths of tenure within the research and development (R&D) department of a company in the automotive industry answer this question. We found that the needs vary depending on the length of the employee's tenure. New employees view innovation as an organisational work issue and employees with longer tenure seek the support of management in changing the work situation themselves in a way that will enhance innovation. In contrast, employees who have been with the company over 10 years show signs of resignation and blame management for the problems around innovation that they experience. However, one opinion that all groups of... (More)

What do employees need in order to be innovative? In this paper, we explored how employees with different lengths of tenure within the research and development (R&D) department of a company in the automotive industry answer this question. We found that the needs vary depending on the length of the employee's tenure. New employees view innovation as an organisational work issue and employees with longer tenure seek the support of management in changing the work situation themselves in a way that will enhance innovation. In contrast, employees who have been with the company over 10 years show signs of resignation and blame management for the problems around innovation that they experience. However, one opinion that all groups of different tenures share is that there is not enough time to engage in innovation activities. To address some of these different needs, we suggest viewing productivity as a cycle of two outcomes: product information and knowledge creation. When one is low, the other peaks, and vice versa. This view of dual value creation in R&D is one way to bypass the productivity dilemma.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
industrial innovation, Motivation fatigue, productivity dilemma, text analytic method
in
International Journal of Innovation Management
volume
20
issue
2
publisher
World Scientific
external identifiers
  • Scopus:84959133752
ISSN
1363-9196
DOI
10.1142/S1363919616500183
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
a1db542c-649f-42e0-9b2e-11887e260f0d
date added to LUP
2016-07-15 07:49:50
date last changed
2016-07-15 12:52:08
@misc{a1db542c-649f-42e0-9b2e-11887e260f0d,
  abstract     = {<p>What do employees need in order to be innovative? In this paper, we explored how employees with different lengths of tenure within the research and development (R&amp;D) department of a company in the automotive industry answer this question. We found that the needs vary depending on the length of the employee's tenure. New employees view innovation as an organisational work issue and employees with longer tenure seek the support of management in changing the work situation themselves in a way that will enhance innovation. In contrast, employees who have been with the company over 10 years show signs of resignation and blame management for the problems around innovation that they experience. However, one opinion that all groups of different tenures share is that there is not enough time to engage in innovation activities. To address some of these different needs, we suggest viewing productivity as a cycle of two outcomes: product information and knowledge creation. When one is low, the other peaks, and vice versa. This view of dual value creation in R&amp;D is one way to bypass the productivity dilemma.</p>},
  author       = {Mattsson, Jan and Helmersson, Helge and Stetler, Katarina},
  issn         = {1363-9196},
  keyword      = {industrial innovation,Motivation fatigue,productivity dilemma,text analytic method},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  number       = {2},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0x818c390)},
  series       = {International Journal of Innovation Management},
  title        = {MOTIVATION FATIGUE AS A THREAT to INNOVATION : BYPASSING the PRODUCTIVITY DILEMMA in R&D by CYCLIC PRODUCTION},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S1363919616500183},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2016},
}