The innovation imperative: The relationships between team climate, innovation, and performance in research and development teams

Bain, Paul G., Mann, Leon, & Pirola-Merlo, Andrew (2001) The innovation imperative: The relationships between team climate, innovation, and performance in research and development teams. Small Group Research, 32(1), pp. 55-73.

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Abstract

A team’s climate for innovation has been shown to be important for innovation in management and work teams. This article investigates the relationship of team climate with project team innovation and performance in research and development organizations. It is argued that the relationship between team climate and innovation will be stronger for research teams than development teams as research teams have greater scope for creating novel and innovative ideas. A sample of 193 scientists and technologists in 20 research teams and 18 development teams were measured on their team’s climate for innovation, team performance, and six indicators of innovation. Research and development teams showed similar ratings for team climate and for measures of innovation. However, the relationships between team climate and individual and team innovation were stronger for research teams than development teams. These findings are significant for fostering innovativeness and innovation in knowledge work teams.

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ID Code: 83075
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/104649640103200103
ISSN: 1046-4964
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2015 00:56
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 00:56

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