Title: Discussion paper on the key motivational factors impacting innovative climate

Authors: Rawan Abukhait; Rekha Pillai

Addresses: AL HOSN University-Abu Dhabi, P.O. Box: 38772, Abu Dhabi, UAE ' Business School at Emirates Aviation University, Dubai

Abstract: Innovation is an imperative component for the long-term survival of organisations and a successful tool to gain a competitive advantage over other firms. Innovation is a significant contributor for organisational success as innovation provides satisfactory returns to the company and increases value for its customers. Looking at the innovative climate which considers the procedures and reward system as a contributing factor, the importance of looking at job satisfaction variables and organisational work environment is considered significant. The current paper focuses on three motivation theories which are equity theory, Herzberg's motivation-hygiene theory and goal-setting theory as the fundamental base supporting several innovation factors. The main aim of this paper is to present a holistic view of the major motivational factors contributing to innovation climate that emerged significant after a systematic literature review. A detailed analysis of prior studies reveals that innovative climate is an outcome of various factors such as pay, learning environment, career development, job content, supportive environment and work hours.

Keywords: innovation; innovative climate; key motivational factors; reward systems; job satisfaction; work environment; equity theory; Herzberg; hygiene theory; motivation theory; goal-setting theory; literature review; pay; learning environment; career development; job content; supportive environment; work hours.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2017.083266

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2017 Vol.13 No.1, pp.92 - 111

Received: 11 Jun 2014
Accepted: 26 Feb 2015

Published online: 23 Mar 2017 *

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