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Work-related curiosity positively predicts worker innovation

Pinar Celik (LATI, Université Paris Descartes , Boulogne-Billancourt, France) (Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur, Paris, France)
Martin Storme (LATI, Université Paris Descartes , Boulogne-Billancourt, France) (Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur, Paris, France)
Andrès Davila (Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur, Paris, France)
Nils Myszkowski (Department of Psychology, Pace University , New York, New York, USA)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 10 October 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between individual work-related curiosity and worker innovation and to test the mediating role of worker divergent thinking.

Design/methodology/approach

In all, 480 participants, holding 188 different jobs, filled in a validated work-related curiosity scale and indicated their job title. Job requirements in terms of divergent thinking and innovation − derived from the Online Information Network (O*NET) database − were used as proxies for divergent thinking and innovation skills.

Findings

Results indicated that individual work-related curiosity was a positive predictor of worker innovation and that worker divergent thinking mediated this relationship.

Research limitations/implications

Individual work-related curiosity supports exploratory skills which support in turn innovation skills.

Practical implications

Managers could use individual work-related curiosity as a predictor of innovation skills when recruiting, training and guiding employees.

Originality/value

This study is the first to show an association between individual work-related curiosity and innovation skills across more than 150 different jobs.

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Citation

Celik, P., Storme, M., Davila, A. and Myszkowski, N. (2016), "Work-related curiosity positively predicts worker innovation", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 35 No. 9, pp. 1184-1194. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-01-2016-0013

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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