|Linking Psychological Empowerment, Individual Creativity and Firm Innovativeness: A Research on Turkish Manufacturing Industry|
|Keywords: psychological empowerment, individual creativity, firm innovativeness|
|HÜLYA GÜNDÜZ ÇEKMECELIOĞLU and GÖNÜL KAYA ÖZBAĞ |
The aim of this study is to determine empirically the impacts of four dimensions of psychological empowerment including meaning, competence, impact and self-determination on individual creativity and its relationship with firm innovativeness.
The authors propose a model that four dimensions of psychological empowerment have significant effect on individual creativity which turns into firm innovativeness. Hypotheses are tested with data collected from 181 managers at 48 small and medium-sized Turkish manufacturing companies using partial least squares method.
The results suggest that psychological empowerment have significant effects on individual creativity and also through their actions, creative employees may increase firm innovativeness.
The results of the study, although shedding light on the factorization of the constructs and possible relationships, is specific to a particular geographical region of Turkey and to one industry.
This study is unique because to our knowledge, although many researchers have emphasized the importance of individual creativity and stated that individual creativity is the starting point and key ingredient for the success of organizational innovation, there is no empirical research that relates four dimensions of psychological empowerment, individual creativity and innovation.
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