Title: Idea management and innovation programs: practices of large companies in the south region of Brazil

Authors: Carlos Olavo Quandt; Helena De Fátima Nunes Silva; Alex Antonio Ferraresi; José Roberto Frega

Addresses: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUCPR, Escola de Negócios, Rua Imaculada Conceição, 1155, Prado Velho, 80215-901 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil ' Pós-graduação em Ciência, Gestão e Tecnologia da Informação, Federal University of Paraná, Rua Prefeito Lothário Meissner, 632, Jardim Botânico, 80210-170, Curitiba, PR, Brazil ' Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUCPR, Escola de Negócios, Rua Imaculada Conceição, 1155, Prado Velho, 80215-901 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil ' Departamento de Administração Geral e Aplicada, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Rua Prefeito Lothário Meissner, 632, Jardim Botânico, 80210-170, Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Abstract: This article investigates the characteristics of idea management programs and their effectiveness in producing innovation results. The survey comprised 41 large companies in the South region of Brazil. The results show that 70% of the companies have programs or systems in place to solicit, encourage, evaluate, implement, and reward new ideas. Structural equation modelling (SEM) using partial least squares (PLS) estimation indicates that, although structured idea management initiatives have a positive influence on innovation results, they should be supported by elements of company culture, behaviour, and processes to help promote learning, absorption, and knowledge sharing, and the consequent development of innovative activities.

Keywords: idea management; innovation; innovativeness; knowledge management; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2019.097257

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2019 Vol.18 No.2, pp.187 - 207

Available online: 07 Dec 2018 *

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