Katie Clennan Industrial Engineering PhD Doctoral Defense
- Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:00pm
- Via WebEx; Meeting number (access code): 120 384 8501 Meeting password: Ei8idxwgJ29
Employee Innovation as a Form of Employee Engagement
Employee innovation as a form of employee engagement is affected by numerous organizational factors and personal employee attributes. This study modeled the system of factors impacting the achievement of employee innovation. Additionally, this model evaluates the achievement of engagement and impact on the competitive advantage as a result of employee innovation. Using structural equation modeling with latent variables, this study collected 190 usable survey responses to measured indicators for innovation, formal devices, relationships, self-efficacy, and motivations. Additionally, historical data was collected to measure indicators for engagement and perceived competitiveness. This study supports innovations as method for achieving employee engagement with a positive, significant direct effect between the latent variables. The chosen metrics for perceived competitiveness indicators did not hold strong correlations and further analysis resulted in indeterminant effects of innovation on performance metrics. This study confirmed the presence of previous factors found impactful to employee innovation, but with further analysis on the direct and indirect relationships within the system. Organizational factors such as formal devices and relationships do not have a direct impact on innovation and are mediated by intrinsic attributes such as self-efficacy and motivations. These intrinsic attributes have a significant impact ton innovation as well as are mediated by the presence of formal challenges within the work place.
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering