The Study of Innovative Work Behaviours
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Laura is one of Quest Partnership’s Business Psychology Consultants & Head of Training. Whilst studying for her degree in Psychology at Cardiff University she completed a 12 month placement opportunity with Quest Partnership Ltd. Whilst working there as a Business Psychologists she gained incredible amounts of experience and exposure to how psychology could be applied to help assess and develop employees, she also undertook training in Assessing and using Psychometrics. After completing her degree in 2015 she re-joined Quest Partnership as a full time consultant.
Laura is currently in the process of completing a Masters in Occupational Psychology. The Study of Innovative Work Behaviours (IWB) is her chosen topic for her MSc Research Project.
Laura’s study summary:
The topic of innovation has become ever popular amongst organisations seeking to stay in front of their competitors and the belief that individual innovative work behaviours (IWB) are fundamental to organisational success is continuing to grow. However, our understanding of what IWB are and how we can measure and categorise them is still in its infancy. For my MSc project, I am hoping to extend the investigations of previous authors to understand what factors might underpin IWB and see whether we can produce a valid measure to assess people’s individual IWB aptitude. To do this, I will be using a questionnaire methodology however rather than collecting data from only single individuals I will collect responses from multiple respondents as well as the participant themselves. The respondents will include the participant’s line manager, colleagues and external contacts e.g. spouse, family or close friend. The questionnaire will include items that measure specific IWB dimensions and positively related variables such as participative leadership and a new construct termed ‘voice’. Voice is the concept that some people are more inclined to put forward ideas, sell their suggestions and persistent in turning ideas into action. I will be using confirmatory factor analysis to compare a single factor model with a multi-factor model and then structural equational modelling to build a greater understanding of what other psychological variables affect IWB.
It is hoped that this study will further our understanding of the factor structure of IWB and from a more practical perspective help us to produce a valid measure of IWB that we can subsequently use for measuring IWB aptitude in recruitment and selection settings.
Business Psychology Consultant & Head of Training