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Title: A constructively critical review of change and innovation-related concepts: Towards conceptual and operational clarity
Authors: Potocnik, K
Anderson, NR
Keywords: Innovation;Creativity;Proactivity;Extra-role behaviour;Conceptual clarity
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(4): pp. 481-494, (2016)
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to examine and clarify the nomological network of change and innovation (CI)-related constructs. A literature review in this field revealed a number of interrelated constructs that have emerged over the last decades. We examine several such constructs—innovation, creativity, proactive behaviours, job crafting, voice, taking charge, personal initiative, submitting suggestions, and extra-role behaviours. Our conceptual analysis suggests each one of these constructs represents a specific component of CI-related behaviours. However, we also found that on occasion these concepts have been dysfunctionally operationalized with evidence of three dysfunctional effects: (a) construct confusion, (b) construct drift, and (c) construct contamination. Challenges for future research to enhance conceptual and operational clarity are discussed.
ISSN: 1464-0643
Appears in Collections:Brunel Business School Research Papers

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