This year 2018 closes with the good news of the acceptance of an abstract with the above title for the 26th IPDMC – coauthors: Isabella Hatak, Marjolein Caniels and Koen Kuijpers. Which means that we will be presenting the full paper 10/11 June 2019 in Leicester. Very good news and a challenge to write up a nice paper. The abstract relied on data from 62 employees of a Dutch company in transition to improving innovation (wave 1; the three- wave longitudinal data-gathering process will be finished in the first half of 2019), but in 2019 we will also be gathering at least two waves of additional data through cross-industry panel surveys.
Starting point for our study and the paper is that it is an understatement to say that individual resilience is important to organisational outcomes, and not surprisingly scholars have been interested in exploring the issue. Individual resilience has been related to higher levels of job performance and organizational commitment (Meneghel et al., 2016; Youssef & Luthans, 2007) and employee creativity (Huang & Luthans, 2015), but the question of how individual resilience affects innovation behaviour has received little to no attention in the literature. Theoretically, it is possible that individual resilience hinders or improves innovative work behaviour, depending on the organizational environment in which the individual is embedded. In other words, what is functional and dysfunctional in terms of individual characteristics is largely a matter of context, as reflected in the person-environment fit literature (Kristof-Brown et al., 2005). To date, however, no studies address organizational environmental “fit” in terms of enhanced innovative work behaviour for resilient individuals. A key feature of our research is thus the contingency perspective we adopt in exploring the role of resilience for innovation – specifically innovative work behaviour (Janssen, 2000). We draw upon the person-environment fit literature as applied in innovation research (e.g. Choi, 2004; Choi & Price, 2005; Ng & Lucianetti, 2016)
While I will report later on about our (preliminary) findings, I wanted to already share this -for me important- continuation of our research for the next year. Another feat is the start of the development of a book for which I will organise a special session at the 2019 HTSF which will be hosted by my own Department NIKOS on 27-28 May 2019 – but that will be my first post for the new year! Stay tuned.