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No man is an island: Relations at work August 20, 2015

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Looking forward to tie the knot over the process of becoming a full professor at BI Norwegian Business School. The inaugural lecture I have prepared for August 28th at BI in Nydalen, Oslo, C2-060 has a title No man is an island: Relations at work. If you have time, interest and are in vicinity, please register and come on over:  http://www.bi.edu/about-bi/calendar/inauguration-lecture-professor-miha-kerlavaj/

I want to be creative but … August 17, 2015

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EJWOPDarija Aleksić, Matej Černe, Anders Dysvik and myself in European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology with couple of thoughs about preference for creativity and the creative performance at work. And the way clarity of goals and work enjoyment might matter with this regard …

Abstract

In today’s quickly changing work environment, many individuals want to be creative at their workplace, but only some of them succeed at manifesting these tendencies. In three studies, using both field and experimental data, we focused on transforming individuals’ preference for creativity, defined as an inclination for liking and wanting to be creative, into actual creativity. We first conducted a pilot Study 1 to establish discriminant validity to related constructs and provided initial evidence on predictive and incremental validity of the preference-for-creativity scale. Next, we performed a field Study 2, where we found that transforming preferences for creativity into supervisor-rated creativity is contingent upon employees’ perceptions of clear outcome goals. Clear outcome goals fostered individuals’ preference for creativity to result in higher levels of supervisor-rated creative behaviour—a finding that was replicated in an experimental Study 3. Furthermore, we explored whether work enjoyment mediated the moderated relationship between preference for creativity and creative outcomes. The results supported our mediated moderation model, whereby the manipulation of clear goals led to higher work enjoyment, influencing individuals’ preference for creativity to result in higher ratings of their creative outcomes.

Leadership Quarterly: I get by with a little help from my supervisor May 19, 2014

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LQThis time our team (Matej Cerne, Anders Dysvik and myself) banged our heads together to see how important is leadership support for innovation process (idea implementation to be precise). I am truly proud to announce that editor and reviewers at prominent management journal Leadership Quarterly found our contribution significant both for leadership and innovation scholars as well as practitioners and have accepted it for publication. Below are some details:

Škerlavaj, Miha, Černe, Matej, & Dysvik, Anders (In press): I get by with a little help from my supervisor: Creative idea generation, idea implementation, and perceived supervisor support. Leadership Quarterly.

In two studies using both field (165 employees and their 24 direct supervisors from a manufacturing firm in Study 1) and experimental (123 second-year undergraduate student participants in lab Study 2) data, we explore how perceived supervisor support acts as a crucial contingency that enables higher levels of idea implementation from creative-idea generation. First, we suggest that excessive creative-idea generation (in terms of both frequency and creativity of ideas) can lead to diminished returns with regards to idea implementation. Drawing on a resource allocation framework, we hypothesize and find a curvilinear inverse U-shaped relationship between employee creative-idea generation and implementation. Second, we examine perceived supervisor support as a moderator of the curvilinear inverse U-shaped relationship between idea generation and implementation. In line with our second hypothesis, we find that higher levels of perceived supervisor support dampen the curvilinear relationship between creative-idea generation and idea implementation. Accordingly, perceived supervisor support seems to provide employees with access to resources and support needed for idea implementation, making highly creative ideas more implementable.

AMJ paper on knowledge hiding published February 27, 2014

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Here we go, our eagerly expected Academy of Management Journal paper on knowledge hiding and creativity has been just released in print in the February 2014 issue. Welcome to read and comment!

CEEMAN Champion Research Award Interview December 19, 2013

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In CEEMAN News 70, an interview with myself and doc.dr. Matej Cerne is published. It is within the context of the CEEMAN Champion Research Award we got for our research in the field of managing knowledge, creativity, and innovation. Welcome to read and comment …

Congruence in authentic leadership expectations and job satisfaction November 20, 2013

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The following article is now available online and in press.

Cerne, M., Maric, M., Dimovski, V., Penger, S., & Skerlavaj, M. (2014): Congruence of leader self-perceptions and follower perceptions of authentic leadership: Understanding what authentic leadership is and how it enhances employees’ job satisfaction, Australian Journal of Management: 39(3): 453-471 .

We propose and empirically test a multilevel model of cross-level interactions between leader self-perceptions (team level) and follower perceptions of authentic leadership on job satisfaction. Data from 24 supervisors and 171 team members were used. Applying hierarchical linear modelling, we found that follower perceptions of authentic leadership predict employee job satisfaction. We also found support for the interaction effect of leader self-perceptions and follower perceptions of authentic leadership in predicting job satisfaction, integrating the leader- and follower-centric perspectives of authentic leadership. Polynomial regression analysis further supported the fact that the congruence between leader self-perceptions and follower perceptions of authentic leadership is beneficial and that both need to be present at high levels to produce the most beneficial results in terms of followers’ job satisfaction.

Punished for witholding knowledge @ BI Leadership magazine November 15, 2013

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In the BI Leadership Magazine 2013/14, Matej Cerne, Christina Nerstad, Anders Dysvik and myself published a practitioner-oriented paper on the forthcoming February 2014 Academy of Management Journal article on knowledge hiding, motivational climate and creativity called Punished for withholding knowledge.

Friday seminar on job crafting November 13, 2013

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This Friday, 12.30 – 13.30, Sut I Wong Humborstad and myself will give a research seminar at the BI Norwegian Business School, Nydalsveien 37, Oslo, Norway. Exact location is Department of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour, A3 – 109. Title: Building Coalitions for Job Crafting: Leader-subordinate Autonomy Expectation (In)Congruence and Subordinate Perceived Competence Mobilization. Looking forward to a fruitful discussion. Welcome all of you interested in and curious about proactive behaviours at work and the ways to stimulate them!

Prosocial motivation – Video @ BI Leadership Toolbox November 6, 2013

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Research shows that giving- and helping-orientation in social interaction leads to better performance. Prosocial motivation can be a powerful and inexpensive source of performance boosting and this lecture aims to show some of the tools.

In the lecture series “Leaders Toolbox” is Miha Škerlavaj lecturing about “Prosocial motivation: How can internal and external beneficiaries inspire our work?(From BI Business Review, 2013)

BI Leadership toolbox on prosocial motivation October 6, 2013

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BIOn Friday, October 25th (8:00 – 9:30 AM), my-humble-self, Anders Dysvik and Arne Carlsen will talk to Norwegian executives at the BI Leadership Toolbox seminar series. The hot and emerging topic of prosocial motivation is highly relevant to anybody curious about what truly drives people at work to achieve extraordinary results.

Title:  Prosocial motivation – How can internal and external beneficiaries inspire our work?

Short description: There is increasing evidence that the primary job motivation is relational and other-focused. Prosocial motivation, the desire to protect and promote the well-being of others is an innovative approach to lead people at work. It builds upon the premise that beneficiaries (e.g. customers and coworkers) are best source of inspiration (as opposed to inspiring leaders prevalent in the current literature). Most recent research shows that giving- and helping-orientation in social interaction leads to better performance (creativity and innovation, knowledge sharing, work engagement, sales, accuracy, etc.). Hence, prosocial motivation can be a powerful and inexpensive source of performance boosting and this lecture aims to show some of the tools leaders can use to facilitate prosocial behaviors at work.

Welcome to join at BI Norwegian Business School, Nydalsveien 27, Oslo, Norway and register.

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