Learning and Work Context as Antecedents of Innovation Behavior: Empirical Evidence from Russian Companies
15 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 15, 2014
The paper explores the relationship between learning process and innovative behaviour of employees in large and medium-sized manufacturing companies in Russia. The authors assume that intrinsic motivation, leadership, flexible organizational structure, culture of self-organization and self-development are supporting factors for employees’ learning.
The constructs for dependent and independent variables are developed drawing on a literature review. Hypotheses on casual path dependence were put forward. The model is tested on a database collected in 2013 containing the responses of 95 employees from 15 companies. The Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM) technique is applied. This methodology provides evidence that suggests that for Russian companies the learning process and work context are the antecedents of innovative behaviour.
The findings suggest that to facilitate innovative behaviour managers should build a supportive environment for learning processes. This environment should be based on intrinsic motives, encouraging leadership, self-organization and self-development principles.
Keywords: learning, work context, innovative behaviour, empirical study, Russian companies, PLS analysis
JEL Classification: O30, O31, C42
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