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Publication date: 3 May 2016

Young S. Lee

This study aims to investigate the characteristics of the physical work environment that are known and used in practice to promote creativity for innovative start-up…

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the characteristics of the physical work environment that are known and used in practice to promote creativity for innovative start-up workplaces. The first part of the study identified these characteristics from a content and visual analysis, and examined the current state of implementation of these characteristics in the work environments of innovative start-up companies. The second part of the study examined criticalness and practicality of these characteristics in the workplace with a group of experts in the workplace design, evaluation and management.

Design/methodology/approach

A content and visual analysis for written and visual images was conducted to identify a comprehensive list of characteristics of the physical work environment critical to creativity of the workplace. With the seven characteristics identified, an instrument was developed and interviews were conducted to assess the physical work environments of 22 innovative start-up companies in Michigan. Following up the interviews, an expert group was formed with 26 professionals including architects, interior designers, facility managers and CEOs. A survey was conducted with them to understand the significance and implementation issues among the seven characteristics.

Findings

The most frequently incorporated characteristics in the innovative start-up companies in Michigan were spaces for idea generation, technology interface for collaboration and spaces for a short mental break or social hangout. The three most important physical work environmental characteristics for companies to produce creative, innovative ideas and products/services for growth and market competitiveness were balanced layout, technology interface for collaboration and spaces for idea generation.

Originality/value

The study provides a comprehensive framework to evaluate creative workplace regarding the physical environment. It also offers insights on the work environments of the innovative start-up companies for increased creativity and innovation performance in the workplace.

Article
Publication date: 7 June 2021

Mantasha Firoz and Richa Chaudhary

With little empirical attention devoted to the consequences of loneliness in the workplace, the present study investigated the effect of workplace loneliness on creative

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Purpose

With little empirical attention devoted to the consequences of loneliness in the workplace, the present study investigated the effect of workplace loneliness on creative performance, organizational citizenship behaviors and work-family family conflict. Furthermore, psychological capital was examined as a moderator of these relationships.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed model was tested in two different studies on a sample of employees from manufacturing (Sample 1: n = 379) and service (Sample 2: n = 559) organizations in India. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires at two different points in time. Confirmatory factor analysis and multiple hierarchical regressions were used to test the hypothesized model.

Findings

While workplace loneliness was found to negatively affect creative performance and organizational citizenship behavior, its impact on work-family conflict was positive. Results revealed a significant moderating effect of psychological capital on these relationships. Psychological capital buffered the impact of loneliness in a way that the detrimental effect of loneliness on performance behaviors was less severe for the individuals with high psychological capital.

Originality/value

The study makes an original and noteworthy contribution to the loneliness and negative emotions literature by advancing the understanding around the consequences and boundary conditions of loneliness in the workplace. It carries important implications for managing loneliness in the organizations by identifying psychological capital as an important personal resource for mitigating the effects of workplace loneliness on creativity and extra-role behaviors.

Article
Publication date: 10 May 2021

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

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Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

A creative environment has many positive tangible outcomes in the workplace. Such outcomes include increased creative and innovative behaviours but also lead to reduced negative outcomes such as employee absenteeism. An increased creative environment leads to engaged and motivated employees, allowing them more freedom and control, which leads to increased job satisfaction. Increased satisfaction leads to increased motivation and commitment. This leads to increased positive work outcomes and reduced negative outcomes, such as absenteeism. This can be seen across all job roles, creative specialists and non-creative specialists alike.

Originality/value

The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

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Human Resource Management International Digest , vol. 29 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Article
Publication date: 24 August 2021

Hanan AlMazrouei

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between empowering leadership and organizational commitment and its effect on job performance and creative

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between empowering leadership and organizational commitment and its effect on job performance and creative work involvement within the expatriate society of the UAE.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper suggests a theoretical model derived from survey responses gathered from expatriates used in multinational organizations located in Dubai city in the UAE.

Findings

The results show that organizational commitment partially mediates the relationship between empowering leadership and job performance. Furthermore, the results show that organizational commitment partially mediates the relationship between empowering leadership and creative work involvement.

Originality/value

This research adds to the existing body of knowledge on international business by investigating the effects that organizational commitment and empowering leadership have on creative work involvement and job performance of expatriates.

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International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1934-8835

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Book part
Publication date: 14 February 2008

Brenda Parker

In the seemingly perpetual battle among cities to secure economic growth, one strategy has gained increasing credence of late: luring the Creative Class. The argument…

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In the seemingly perpetual battle among cities to secure economic growth, one strategy has gained increasing credence of late: luring the Creative Class. The argument, promulgated by Professor of Economic Development Richard Florida (2002a, pp. 4–5), suggests that human creativity is now the “decisive source of competitive advantage” and cities can thrive by tapping and harnessing such creativity. The primary ingredients in this sweeping recipe for urban success are a group of young, mobile, diverse, ‘creative’ professionals, who constitute a social class of their own, according to Florida's popular book, The Rise of the Creative Class (2002). This Creative Class – if cities can attract and retain it – operates as its own economic machine, producing jobs, enhancing productivity, and increasing the overall well being of the city, Florida argues. From an urban economic development perspective, the role of the city is to create the conditions in which this Creative Class and associated industries can flourish.

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Gender in an Urban World
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-7623-1477-5

Article
Publication date: 1 April 2001

Wim Pullen

Workplace innovation is a much‐described subject. Workplace innovation is usually introduced to increase flexibility. Workplace knowledge is, most of the time…

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Workplace innovation is a much‐described subject. Workplace innovation is usually introduced to increase flexibility. Workplace knowledge is, most of the time, institutionalised in formal tools. These tools compete with creativity of employers, employees and professionals. This paper describes the quest for frameworks helping professional advisers to grow in knowledge and understanding of workplace innovations. The experience of the Dutch Government Buildings Agency is used to illustrate the search. A research agenda is given.

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Journal of Corporate Real Estate, vol. 3 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-001X

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Article
Publication date: 30 October 2020

Hanan Saber Almazrouei, Robert Zacca and Noura Alfayez

The purpose of this study is to examine whether team potency moderates the effect of the leader member exchange (LMX) on the expatriate's creative work involvement such…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine whether team potency moderates the effect of the leader member exchange (LMX) on the expatriate's creative work involvement such that the effect of leader member exchange on creative work involvement becomes less when team potency is high.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were gathered via a printed survey instrument, using a purposive sampling approach and administered directly to 150 expatriate (non-Emirate nationals) employees located in the Jabal Ali Dubai Free Zone of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Findings

Our findings indicate that the higher the level of team potency the less the effect of LMX on expatriate creative work involvement.

Practical implications

The findings suggest that, team potency, which is an asset in certain situations, can be a liability suppressing the effect of LMX on the expatriate employees creative work involvement. Expatriate employees experiencing satisfaction and fulfillment through the leadership exchange feel sufficiently empowered in their abilities to engage in creative work behaviors.

Originality/value

Testing a theoretical model within the intranational cultural diversity of an expatriate workforce may be a stronger source of diversity than other sources, providing for an original theoretical contribution to the extant literature. Moreover, the UAE, with its prominent network of expatriate employment integrated within the national economy presents a highly relevant contextual environment in which to study expatriate behavior.

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Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research, vol. 8 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2049-8799

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 2011

Kerstin Sailer

This paper seeks to argue that creativity in the workplace is a very complex construct that is difficult to measure not only in its own right, but also in its…

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Purpose

This paper seeks to argue that creativity in the workplace is a very complex construct that is difficult to measure not only in its own right, but also in its interrelation with physical space. Since creativity is a social process, this paper aims to suggest studying interaction patterns as a fundamental feature of creativity.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the literature, two criteria for creativity in workplaces were developed: spaces for chance encounters with people from different teams; and a balance of spaces for communication and concentration. Using a mixed‐methods research design, a UK media company was studied before and after a relocation and refurbishment project in 2007‐2008. The case study included structured interviews, satisfaction surveys, social network surveys, space observations, and a Space Syntax analysis of floor plans.

Findings

The paper showed that only the first criterion was successfully met in the media company studied, and that the pressure on the industry inhibited the full implementation of the second.

Research limitations/implications

Owing to the nature of the research results cannot be generalised. The relationship between creativity, interaction and space requires further investigation.

Practical implications

The findings highlight the need to balance spaces for communication and concentration, as well as the importance of bringing people together to enhance creativity. This knowledge may be useful for workplace professionals in design, architecture and facility management.

Originality/value

The paper presents a valuable data set comparing one organisation in a pre‐post research design, where the impact of spatial changes on working processes can be monitored. It combines innovative approaches normally used in separation.

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Facilities, vol. 29 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Article
Publication date: 1 August 2019

Per Anker Jensen and Theo J.M. van der Voordt

This paper aims to explore the impact of buildings on the creation of healthy workplaces (HWs) and end users’ physical and mental health and well-being. The paper presents…

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Purpose

This paper aims to explore the impact of buildings on the creation of healthy workplaces (HWs) and end users’ physical and mental health and well-being. The paper presents available research on the impact of workplace layout, interior design, indoor climate and “green” offices. It ends with reflections on the main lessons learned, gaps in our current knowledge and suggestions for further research.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature research has been conducted of all papers in four corporate real estate management and facilities management-oriented journals from 2008 to 2017 that discuss health and well-being and related topics such as satisfaction, productivity and creativity.

Findings

A conceptual model to analyse impact factors for HWs covers the influence of many different variables. Most papers only discuss a particular influencing factor, mainly plants and indoor climate. Various papers show that the spatial layout, in particular the level of openness and opportunities for communication, concentration and privacy and interior design have an important impact on user satisfaction, perceived productivity support and creativity. These factors may have a positive impact on HWs as well and can also be benefits of HWs.

Practical implications

The paper identifies, which factors are important to consider for creating HWs and potential benefits of HWs.

Originality/value

This paper discusses the role of CREM and FM in creating HWs and reflects on the available knowledge, current omissions and the need for transdisciplinary follow-up research.

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Journal of Corporate Real Estate , vol. 22 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-001X

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Article
Publication date: 19 September 2008

Milton Mayfield and Jacqueline Mayfield

The purpose of this paper is to provide a model for how leaders can nurture and develop worker garden variety creativity.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a model for how leaders can nurture and develop worker garden variety creativity.

Design/methodology/approach

This model was created by synthesizing existing research and literature on leadership and garden variety creativity.

Findings

Findings' synthesis yielded a testable and implementable model for improving worker garden creativity through leader interventions.

Originality/value

This paper provides a specific examination of leader potential for garden variety creativity enhancement. This focus is different from most research that examines organizational structure interventions, high‐level creativity, or both.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 27 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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