Framing Workplace Innovation Through an Organisational Psychology Perspective: A Review of Current WPI Studies
In this chapter, we discuss the potential advantages of taking a work and organisational psychology (WOP) perspective on Workplace Innovation (WPI). WPI represents a construct that can be applied at different organisational levels and be considered from multiple inter-related perspectives. Accordingly, this contribution takes a systemic perspective on WPI. Such an approach suggests that multiple disciplines have something to contribute to our understanding of WPI and this chapter aims to show how research in WPI can benefit from a WOP perspective. Accordingly, a main goal of this chapter is to recognize how organisational and work-related dynamics influence the effectiveness of WPI practices, an issue that will be examined by means of recent WPI studies analysed from a WOP perspective. In doing so, we seek to encourage perspectives on WPI and research in WOP to be merged, in order to promote a deeper investigation of the predictors and consequences of WPI, as well as a greater understanding of factors influencing the effectiveness of WPI practices.
KeywordsWorkplace innovation Human resource management Quality of working life Organisational performance Job autonomy Job flexibility Participation in organisational life Job redesign
The authors thank editor Diana Rus who provided insight and comments that greatly improved the manuscript.
The authors and publisher gratefully acknowledge the following permission to use the material in this book: Arianna Costantini, Riccardo Sartori & Andrea Ceschi, Reviewing psychological facets of workplace innovation In: European Work and Organizational Psychology in Practice. Special issue on Workplace Innovation, 2017, Volume 1, 6–18.
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