Th-OR-S56-6 - Creative Organizational Climate And Management Innovation: A Needs-Supplies Fit Perspective

Organizational climate
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Organizational Structure, Culture and Climate
Organizational climate
Creative organizational climate and management innovation: A needs-supplies fit perspective
X. Caroff 1,*, J. Massu 1, T. Lubart 1
1LATI, Université Paris Descartes, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Content: This research proposes a Person-Environment fit approach to innovation in the management domain. It investigates whether managers tend to develop more innovative behaviors when their organizations supply them with the kind of creative organizational climate they need (Needs-Supplies fit). To address this issue, a theoretical model has been tested postulating that several variables (work satisfaction, risk propensity, creative self-efficacy and organizational commitment) mediate the effects of NS fit on innovative behaviors.
To test NS fit, a sample of 180 French managers from diverse organizations completed a creative climate questionnaire twice (Caroff, Massu, Krasteva, & Houssin, 2015), first to assess their personal needs, then to assess needs fulfillment by their organizations. Also, they completed the scales respectively assessing the mediating variables postulated in the model. Following Edwards and Cable (2009), polynomial regression analyses were used to test NS fit, and mediating variables were tested by means of path analyses. Results show that when organizations provide an adequate level of resources to satisfy their needs, managers express significantly more satisfaction, self-efficacy and commitment; and, in turn, report adopting more creative behaviors. However, the mediating effect of risk propensity was not significant.
Such results extend those from earlier studies that tested the formal theory of person–environment fit in the context of innovation in organizations using a different experimental procedure (Choi, 2004; Choi & Price, 2005; Livingstone, 1997). One limitation is that participants’ implication toward creativity was not addressed, although it could impact their awareness of their needs to be creative. 


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