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Title

Reinventing the Wheel: Examining the Antecedents, Moderators, and Outcomes of the Innovation Process

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D. in Business Administration

First Advisor

Mark N. Bing

Second Advisor

Tony Ammeter

Third Advisor

Dwight Frink

Abstract

This study extends research on the innovation process at the individual-level by examining antecedents, moderators, and outcomes associated with the generation, promotion, and implementation of innovative ideas in the workplace. In a sample of 667 working adults, this study found that high leader-member exchange was positively related to cognitive and behavioral learning strategies focused towards generating innovative ideas. Employees with proactive personalities were more likely to engage in the innovation process, and a sense of psychological safety in regard to the climate for innovation facilitated the implementation of innovative ideas. This study indicates that the successful implementation of an innovative idea strengthens employees' relationship with the firm in regard to job satisfaction, organization commitment, and reduced turnover intentions. Furthermore, this research provides a unifying theoretical framework, namely social cognitive theory, to individual innovation and extends the phenomenological generalizability of social cognitive theory by applying it to the innovation process.

Concentration/Emphasis

Management

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