Teams as innovative systems: Multilevel motivational antecedents of innovation in R&D teams

Gilad Chen, Jiing Lih Farh, Elizabeth M. Campbell-Bush, Zhiming Wu, Xin Wu

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Abstract

Integrating theories of proactive motivation, team innovation climate, and motivation in teams, we developed and tested a multilevel model of motivators of innovative performance in teams. Analyses of multisource data from 428 members of 95 research and development (R&D) teams across 33 Chinese firms indicated that team-level support for innovation climate captured motivational mechanisms that mediated between transformational leadership and team innovative performance, whereas members' motivational states (role-breadth self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation) mediated between proactive personality and individual innovative performance. Furthermore, individual motivational states and team support for innovation climate uniquely promoted individual innovative performance, and, in turn, individual innovative performance linked team support for innovation climate to team innovative performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1018-1027
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume98
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Motivation
  • Multilevelf
  • Work teams

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