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Individual innovativeness and leadership support: a study on young professionals in the retail

  • The overall research objective is motivated by two simultaneous developments. On the one hand, due to globalization and fast changing markets, organizations face increasing pressure to stay competitive and to survive in these fast changing eironments. To innovate, organizations rely on recruiting and developing their workforce. As the individual is the source of innovation, an ever increasing emphasis is placed upon individual innovativeness and in particular in the iestigation of sources of individual innovativeness. Leaders are essential in the promotion of employees´ innovativeness and leadership is proposed as one of the most influential predictors of individual innovativeness. In the view of innovation pressure and demographic changes, it is important for organizations to shed light on their young professionals, especially on their young professionals’ innovativeness, as they are the future workforce. This is especially important for leaders who aim to support the innovativeness of their young professionals. Nevertheless, the importance of young professionals’ innovativeness in the retail industry is still underestimated. Hence, organizations and especially leaders may benefit greatly from being aware of their young professionals’ innovativeness as one possibility to face the challenges of innovation pressure.

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Sabine Brunner
Center:Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation (CLIC)
Full text/ URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa-177232
Year of Completion:2015
Leipzig: HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2015 Leipzig, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Diss., 2015