Enabling innovation in knowledge worker teams
by Aino Kianto
International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital (IJLIC), Vol. 8, No. 1, 2011

Abstract: Innovation and knowledge creation are processes, which require intensive collaboration of several people. Nevertheless, the constituents of successful collaboration in innovation activities are not well-known, and the understanding of the inherently social processes by which new intangibles are created is still in its infancy. This paper examines the key facilitators of innovation in knowledge-intensive group-level collaboration based on empirical evidence. The results demonstrate that social factors are highly influential for knowledge worker teams' ability to produce innovations. Teams whose internal processes were characterised by trust, vision, aim for excellence, participative safety and support for innovation were likely to attain high levels of innovation. Team diversity based on highly visible attributes was found to be negatively related with team innovation. Surprisingly, also external collaboration seemed to affect team innovation outcomes negatively, except for when it was aimed at general scanning for ideas and information. In addition, the differences between the more and the less innovative teams arose mainly from differences in their internal interaction processes, rather than patterns of collaboration with people outside the team.

Online publication date: Thu, 27-Nov-2014

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital (IJLIC):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email subs@inderscience.com