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Workforce Mobility and Innovation Outcomes

Cornelius, P; Gokpinar, B; Sting, FJ; (2017) Workforce Mobility and Innovation Outcomes. In: (Proceedings) Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management Green open access

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Employee ideas are a valuable starting point to improve operational efficiency. Organizations therefore systematically tap into employee knowledge. In this paper we empirically investigate how moves between problems and sites affect the innovation value created by employee ideas for the organization. We document that the dynamic effects of problem switches differ fundamentally from the effects of site switches: The innovation outcomes of problem switching employees follow a concave inverse u-shaped pattern, whereas the innovation outcomes of site switching employees follow a convex u-shaped pattern over time. Our findings first contribute to a more fine-grained understanding of workforce mobility and its effects on innovation outcomes. Furthermore, using an evolutionary lens, we develop a search-based framework that coherently explains the dynamics of innovation outcomes. We thus contribute to search theory by theoretically linking worker mobility, search behaviour and innovation outcomes.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Workforce Mobility and Innovation Outcomes
Event: Academy of Management Proceedings
Location: Anaheim, California
Dates: 05 August 2016 - 09 August 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2016.13695abstract
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2016.13695abstract
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059530
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