Firefighting: The Effects of Time Pressure on Employee Innovation

Unsworth, Kerrie L. (2004) Firefighting: The Effects of Time Pressure on Employee Innovation. In 18th Annual Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management, December, Dunedin, NZ.


Employees are facing greater and greater levels of time pressure, however, there is also a greater push for innovation. There is a need, therefore, to understand the effects of time pressure on employee innovation, particularly as previous research has provided conflicting results. I interviewed 65 engineers from four sites in two large organizations and found that three mechanisms underlay the relationship: prioritising, focusing, and risk aversion. When the innovation was of high priority, or a narrow focus was needed, time pressure facilitated employee innovation, however when the innovation was low priority, a broader focus was needed, or the innovation was in the evaluation or implementation stages, then time pressure impeded employee innovation.

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ID Code: 3031
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Innovation, creativity, time pressure
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:00

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