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Proactive Employees: The Relationship Between Work-Related Reflection and Innovative Work Behaviour

  • Gerhard MessmannEmail author
  • Regina H. Mulder
Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 20)


This chapter addresses the role of work-related reflection as a facilitator of innovative work behaviour. We approached this issue by carrying out a synthesis of findings from one qualitative and three quantitative studies involving samples of vocational education teachers, secondary education teachers, and employees of a production company. In accordance with our synthesis, we suggest that workrelated reflection, including innovation-specific reflection and reflection during daily work, is a powerful driver for proactive behaviours including innovative work behaviour and, thus, for organisational and professional development.


Innovative work behaviour Work-related reflection Professional development Organisational development Proactive employees 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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