Do personal characteristics and cultural values that promote innovation, quality, and efficiency compete or complement each other?
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Special Issue: The bright and dark sides of individual and group innovation. Guest Editors: Onne Janssen, Evert van de Vliert and Michael West
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 175–199, March 2004
How to Cite
Miron, E., Erez, M. and Naveh, E. (2004), Do personal characteristics and cultural values that promote innovation, quality, and efficiency compete or complement each other?. J. Organiz. Behav., 25: 175–199. doi: 10.1002/job.237
- Issue published online: 2 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUN 2003
This study examines whether the same personal and contextual characteristics that enhance innovation could also contribute to quality and efficiency. Three hundred and forty-nine engineers and technicians in 21 units of a large R&D company participated in the study. Using CFA and HLM models, we demonstrated that people have the ability to both be creative and pay attention to detail, and that an innovative culture does not necessarily compete with a culture of quality and efficiency. Yet, to reach innovative performance creative people need to take the initiative in promoting their ideas, with the possible corresponding price of low performance quality. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.