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Innovation and creativity of individuals, teams and organisations

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Being innovative is a central goal of almost all of today’s organizations. Our research in this area examines innovation and creativity at the individual, team, and organizational level. Regarding organization level innovative products or procedures, we are interested in the role of Human Resource Management. Even though one might think that innovation and creative behavior or problem-solving are most prominent in R&D or creative jobs like marketing, they are actually important in almost all kinds of jobs. In our research, we examine how work characteristics, especially stressors, influence individual workplace creativity and innovative behavior; another focus lies in the identification of influential person characteristics.


Claudia Sacramento, Aston University, UK
Prof. Dr. Michael A. West,Lancaster University, UK
Dr. Helen Shipton, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Dr. Malcom Patterson, Sheffield University, UK

Selected Publications

Fay, D., Bagotyriute, R., Urbach, T., West, M. A., & Dawson, J. F. (in press). Differential Effects of Workplace Stressors on Innovation: An Integrated Perspective of Cybernetics and Coping. International Journal of Stress Management.

Fay, D., Shipton, H., West, M. A., & Patterson, M. (2015). Teamwork and Organizational Innovation: The Moderating Role of the HRM Context. Creativity & Innovation Management, 24(2), 261-277. DOI: 10.1111/caim.12100.

Sacramento, C. A., Fay, D., & West, M. A. (2013). Workplace duties or opportunities? Challenge stressors, regulatory focus, and creativity. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 121(2), 141-157. doi: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2013.01.008.

Fay, D., Borrill, C., Amir, Z., Haward, R., & West, M. A. (2006). Getting the most out of multidisciplinary teams: A multi-sample study of team innovation in health care. Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology, 79 (4), 553-567.

Shipton, H., Fay, D., West, M. A., Patterson, M., & Birdi, K. (2005). Managing people to promote innovation. Creativity and Innovation Management, 14(2), 118-128