Individual Resilience and Innovative Work Behaviour after Personal Trauma

Petra de Weerd-Nederhof, Marjolein Caniëls, Isabella Hatak, Koen Kuijpers

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    This very preliminary and early developmental paper aims to bring together insights on how (individual) resilience influences innovative work behavior as an important factor of innovation performance after personal trauma in the context of innovative organizations. We posit that individual knowledge workers’ resilience may positively influence their innovative work behavior after adversities/personal trauma. For the empirical part of the paper we interviewed (academic) knowledge workers and managers/leaders of innovative firms having experienced personal trauma / adversity. We use a semi-structured interview protocol and timeline mapping as a method for conducting the interviews. Preliminary results indicate and confirm that personal trauma /adversity does indeed have a (temporary) impact on their innovativeness. It also comes out that resilience can be fostered by organizational arrangements, for example: team resilience and leadership may positively influence individual knowledge workers’ innovativeness and overall team innovation performance after personal trauma. It is clear that also age, life phase / hierarchical position, and time play an important role, as well as possibly gender and innovation strategy/type of industry – specifically the peculiarities of an academic work environment. We thereupon introduce multiple strands of further research including longitudinal research using twice yearly employee satisfaction surveys, and survey research among innovation scholars.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018
    EventR&D Management Conference 2018 - Milan, Italy
    Duration: 30 Jun 20184 Jul 2018


    ConferenceR&D Management Conference 2018
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