Katie Clennan Industrial Engineering PhD Comp Exam Presentation
- Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10:00am
- via WebEx: Meeting number (access code): 169 549 8503 Meeting password: HWpvkZur273
Employee Innovation as a Form of Employee Engagement
Employee engagement has become a necessary tool for organizations to remain competitive with advancing technology and growing markets. Organizations’ competitive advantage is dependent on successful change management. Employee engagement not only increases the success of change management efforts, but is also in high demand by younger generations entering the workforce. Engaged employees provide many benefits to organizations including increased productivity and quality of work. Employee innovation is a form of engagement that elicits and implements ideas from front line workers as to opportunities for improvement. Utilizing employees currently in an organization to identify issues and potential solutions reduces the amount of investment to support continuous improvement or an engagement program while also reaping the benefits of engaged employees. Historically, however, the understanding of how employee innovation improves an organization’s competitive advantage has been solely qualitative or quantitatively evaluates isolated factor effects. To provide support for investment in employee innovation as a form of engagement, this study aims to quantitatively evaluate the system of innovation with organizations in relation to a perceived competitive advantage using structural equation model based on previous literature. The findings of this study will determine which factors within a given organizational context support employee innovation and if employee innovation provides the same expected benefits as employee engagement.
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering