Teamwork and Organizational Innovation: The Moderating Role of the HRM Context

This study examines whether staff groups which are organized in teams are better at organizational innovation than staff groups who aren’t. Moreover, it examines whether human resource management (HRM) systems, which can be of facilitating or constraining nature, enhance the teamwork and therefore innovation outcomes.18 to 45 organizations from the UK manufacturing sector have been researched. Results suggest that the more widespread the use of teamwork in organizations, the higher the level of organizational innovation. Furthermore, this effect depends on the overall quality of the HRM systems that exist in their organizations. Teamwork is further moderated by an HRM practice that provides teams with time for thoughtful reflection. Thus, HRM systems can be of more or less facilitating or constraining nature for teams in organizations.

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Two Tests to Test your Company’s Innovativeness

Two Tests to Test your Company’s Innovativeness

In collaboration with Avans University of Applied Sciences, we can provide 2 different tests that will help you analyse your organization’s overall performance on innovation management. The first test, based on John Bessant’s and Joe Tidd’s Managing Innovation focuses on 5 different aspects of organizing and facilitating innovation in your organization. The second test, based on Keeley’s Ten Types of Innovation framework, will provide you with an overview of the different types that your strong at.

The tests will give you immediate insight in your scores. Please send the test results to Avans University ( in order to participate in the research and to benchmark your scores within your sector or country.

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The world of Patents in Europe (Infographic)

Did you know for example that there were 265.690 European Patent Filings in 2013 but only 66.712 were granted? Did you know that your invention will be protected in up to 40 European countries based on 1 single application? James Sherwin from SOR Solicitors, a Dublin-based law firm, created an infographic about European Patents.

This infographic is published with permission of James Sherwin.

10 reasons why you should think twice before starting a start-up.

This week, two different articles were posted indepently from each other, but both strongly related. The first article posted 5 reasons not to start a business and the other one gave us 5 reasons for startups to go bankrupt.What you should think about before starting a startup:

  • If you don’t understand business basics, don’t start a startup.
  • If you don’t have industry experience or knowledge, don’t start a startup.
  • If you haven’t got a strong backbone, don’t start a startup.
  • If you haven’t thought of the consequences – for instance for your family life – don’t start a startup.
  • If you got a hole in your pocket, don’t a start a startup.

And what could doom your startup during the initiating phase:

  • Don’t try to do everything yourself.
  • Make sure your plan is scalable.
  • Don’t forget to continuously increase customer value.
  • Don’t be unwilling to kill your darlings.
  • Never forget to measure progress.

These tips came from Tabitha Jean Naylor and Brent Beshore.

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4 ways in which ideas management helps innovation flourish

4 ways in which ideas management helps innovation flourish

Ideas management could, according to this article, support the innovation process in four ways:

  • It helps organisations to capture, evaluate and progress proposals
  • It provides a democratic environment to determine the best ideas and to show a willingness to consider all ideas
  • It helps to increase genuine cross-organization transformation
  • It helps in creating a corporate shared view on key activities

It may be an advertorial, but at least it provides a nice overview of an under-researched element of the innovation process.

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The world’s best e-courses on Innovation Management

This autumn, we gathered some of the best 21st century courses on Innovation Management for you. While specialist courses at Insead, Berkely or IESE are extremely good, they are expensive and intense. You don’t want to get into the hussle of persuading your employer you’re worth the 50K investment, but still want to learn something? Go for one of the following excellent online courses on innovation (management):

  1. Innovation Management Game – individual course
    The Innovation Management Game is “a serious game for serious professionals”. Their individual course lets you battle against well-known innovation companies worldwide by learning and practising the newest theory on innovation management. According to some of their clients “The key learnings from the game for us were especially the multidimensionality of the innovation process inside a company and the idea that companies can influence their innovation success in many different ways” and “It introduces innovation in a learning environment and it is completely different than just learning theory.”
    The price: €495,-
  2. THNK – School of Creative Leadership
    THNK is a worldwide renowned institute for linking Design Thinking with Business Thinking. It has an online course, Start Innovating Now, “to build your innovation muscle, and come up with real innovations. An innovative real-life course that will keep you on your toes.” Or as someone says it on their website: “I use TNKS’s innovation process and tools to brainstorm new ideas, synthesize them into innovations that scale and then prototype, test and finetune them.”
    The price: €945,-
  3. Entrepreneurial Leadership – Babson College
    The definition of a short course: it takes only 30-60 minutes to complete. But who doesn’t want a glimpse of the world’s best school on entrepreneurship education?
    The price: $59,99

Any other suggestions? Please let us know.

The future of planes: one huge artificial window

The Center for Process Innovation in the UK has released a video that shows the ‘plane of the future’… without windows to decrease weight and CO2 emmission and to increase comfort. A beautiful example of Open Innovation where Aerospace Engineering meets Consumer Electronics meets Sustainability.

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Brilliant Management Advice From Google’s Eric Schmidt on How Google Works

This week, Eric Schmidt posted a presentation on Slideshare about Innovation Management at Google. It highlights the role of innovation culture, creativity, talent and more key elements that every organization that thinks about managing innovation should start with.

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Constraints that Help or Hinder Creative Performance: A Motivational Approach

The proposed framework predicts the effects of working under two distinct types of constraints (those that limit vs. channel cognitive resources) depending on people’s motivational orientation (approach vs. avoidance). The main predictions are that constraints that limit cognitive resources undermine performance more under avoidance than under approach motivation, and that constraints that channel cognitive resources facilitate creativity under avoidance but not under approach motivation. While some of the predictions within this framework deserve more (direct) study, they provide several directions for developing strategies to successfully stimulate creative performance.
Creativity is often undermined by avoidance motivation, and in the best cases seems to be difficult and depleting. Yet, avoidance goals are prevalent in the workplace – a study comparing goal orientations in different domains revealed that approximately 61 per cent of the people participating in the study had a dominant avoidance goal in the work domain (Van Yperen, Hamstra & van der Klauw, 2011). Moreover, avoidance goals tend to be stronger than approach goals (Van Yperen & Orehek, 2013). In addition, threatening situations, such as a financial crisis in which people fear losing their jobs and security, are likely to evoke avoidance motivation. It has been proposed that avoidance motivation is best shunned, particularly when striving for creativity, but this may not always be feasible. Therefore, it is important to consider ways to stimulate creativity, even among avoidance motivated people and in situations that evoke avoidance motivation.

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Emotions as Constraining and Facilitating Factors for Creativity: Companionate Love and Anger

This article indicates that the effects of anger on organizational innovation involve behavioural and cognitive facets. The behavioural effects of anger lead employees to criticize imperfection, correct errors, propose ideas boldly and take spontaneous actions. These behaviours are advantageous for asserting and evaluating ideas. The cognitive effect of anger enhances creativity and increases cognitive fluency. However, anger can cause distractions at work and hurt relationships and co-operation among co-workers. In summary, anger is beneficial for idea creation, assertion and evaluation, but is detrimental to idea implementation.

Employees in a state of companionate love tend not to criticize others and to show agreement, tolerate mistakes and worry about failure. These behavioural tendencies can damage the efficiency of idea creation, idea evaluation and prevent employees from adopting innovative ideas. However, companionate love enhances solidarity and co-operation, which is beneficial for idea implementation.

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