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Interview in Advantage February 24, 2016

Posted by Miha Škerlavaj in change management, creativity, innovation, interviews, knowledge hiding, leadership.
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Advantage 2016Advantage (BI alumni magazine) is out. Among many interesting reads, featuring an interview with my humble self. A really good opportunity for a bit of self-reflection when engaged with such a thoughtful conversationist. https://issuu.com/bi_business_school/docs/advantage

 

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MKWCI TV 2015 November 20, 2015

Posted by Miha Škerlavaj in creativity, innovation, learning networks, relations at work.
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Have to say this, I am really proud of my MSc students at BI Norwegian Business School for the work they have done. MKWCI TV is a BI Learning Lab project created by students of major in Leadership and change, within the course Managing knowledge work, creativity and innovation. Students assumed the role of innovation journalists and co-created 12 digital video recorded narratives about chosen concepts and ideas from the course in real-life settings. Stories of success and failure, all deep learning about what is the role of people in innovation processes. Enjoy the show!

 

 

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.

CEEMAN Champion Research Award Interview December 19, 2013

Posted by Miha Škerlavaj in awards, creativity, innovation, knowledge management.
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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 …

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)

CEEMAN Research Award September 2, 2013

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Cited from FELU webpages:CEEMAN Champions Research Award

The researchers from The Faculty of Economics University of Ljubljana and COBIK, Associate Professor Miha Škerlavaj, PhD and Assistant Professor Matej Černe, PhD have been selected as winners of the 2013 CEEMAN Champions’ Award in the Research category. Launched in 2010, the annual CEEMAN Champion Awards recognize and promote outstanding achievements of faculty, management, and staff from CEEMAN member institutions in the categories of teaching, research, institutional management, and responsible management education. The researchers have been awarded for their work focused on the study of knowledge and innovation management at the level of an individual, team, company, and economy. Such a holistic treatment of factors aimed at examining the context of knowledge, creativity and innovation management was designed to ultimately help organizations understand the conditions to achieve superior business performance and consequently the prosperity of society. Together, they have already published 24 SSCI-ranked papers in esteemed SCI/SSCI indexed journals, including one accepted for publication in The Academy of Management Journal, one of the highest ranked academic outlets in the field of management with a 2012 impact factor of 5.91. They will receive the award personally at the 21th CEEMAN Annual Conference Gala Dinner on September 27, 2013.

Kinda cool, I reckon. 🙂

Publication on management innovation in EMR June 29, 2013

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EMRAgain, I am proud of our little team who made it to another prominent research publication venue, that is European Management Review. We have published a paper on a most promissing topic of management innovation: ČERNE, Matej, JAKLIČ, Marko, ŠKERLAVAJ, Miha. Management innovation in focus : the role of knowledge exchange, organizational size, and IT system development and utilization. European management review, 2013.

Below is the abstract.

This study aims to design and test a model examining the antecedents of management innovation at the organizational level. We propose internal knowledge exchange as a crucial predictor of management innovation and examine the mediating effect of IT system development, as well as the moderating effect of organizational size in the examined relationship. We test the model using structural equation modeling and hierarchical moderated regression analysis on data gathered from 604 firms in three countries: Slovenia, Spain, and South Korea. The results indicate a crucial role of knowledge exchange for management innovation, as this link is positive, very strong and significant in all three countries. In addition, our study provided evidence that knowledge exchange results in management innovation through developed IT systems that enable the information and knowledge to flow within an organization, as well as that the relationship between knowledge exchange and management innovation is hindered by firms’ size.

Interested? Have a read of the full paper.

Top ten within the SSRN Innovation and OB all times! May 8, 2013

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Most glad to be able to say that the paper we wrote with my South Korean colleagues on organizational learning culture and innovation seems to be of relevance to the research community. The paper Škerlavaj, Song, & Lee (2010): Organizational Learning Culture, Innovative Culture and Innovations in South Korean Firms, Expert Systems with Applications made it to the SSRN Top 10 all times within the category Innovation and Organizational behavior.

Publication in JIM March 28, 2013

Posted by Miha Škerlavaj in CERINNO, individualism - collectivism, innovation, national culture.
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JIMThere is a new publication available on the topic of innovation and national cultures, presented by my colleagues (including my-humble-self): Černe, M., Jaklič, M., & Škerlavaj, M. (2013): Decoupling management and technological innovations: Resolving the individualism–collectivism controversy, Journal of international management. Given the fact that individualism (or collectivism) is a rather visible and important feature of national cultures for the innovation process, it was surprising for us how contradicting the findings from previous research actually were. So we decided to fine-tine the understanding of innovation, utilize as vast as possible international datasets and got some interesting findings, we believe. Abstract:

This study aims to resolve the contradictory previous research findings on the relationship between individualism–collectivism and innovation. We draw on innovation theory and relate to the difference between non-technological (management) and technological innovation types as well as to the distinction between exploration and exploitation (invention and commercialization of technological innovations). Using Community Innovation Survey (CIS) 2006 micro data for innovation at the organizational level in 13 countries – along with, GLOBE (2005), and scores for individualism–collectivism – we apply Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM). The results indicate that individualism is positively related to the invention phase, whereas collectivism is beneficial for the commercialization of innovative ideas. Furthermore, in collectivistic cultures, management innovation plays a more important stimulating role in enhancing technological innovation than it does in individualistic ones. This provides the managers with an idea of when innovation processes in their companies would be more favorable versus detrimental.

Comments, ideas, suggestions, most welcome!

Konferenca FEEL – napovednik March 5, 2013

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logo feel12. junija 2013 bom v okviru FEEL konference predaval na temo vloge voditeljev pri oblikovanju organizacijske klime za ustvarjalno in inovativno delo. Prispevek sva pripravila skupaj z Matejem Černetom, povzetek pa sledi:

V vedno bolj dinamičnem in negotovem poslovnem okolju so organizacije odvisne od ustvarjalnih idej posameznikov. Ustvarjalnost je temeljni dejavnik, ki služi kot odskočna deska za inovativnost posameznikov, skupin in organizacij. Zasledovanje ustvarjalnosti in inovativnosti je etično do vseh deležnikov organizacij – zaposlenih, partnerjev, lastnikov in družbe. Inovacije namreč vodijo v višjo dodano vrednost zaposlenih, spodbujajo rast in razvoj podjetij, ekonomski napredek in vodijo v večjo blaginjo družbe kot celote. Pri spodbujanju ustvarjalnosti zaposlenih in pretvarjanju le-te v inovativnost seveda igrajo veliko vlogo voditelji. S svojim delovanjem spodbujajo ustrezno organizacijsko klimo za ustvarjanje in udejanjanje idej. Primerna organizacijska klima mora uravnotežiti tako sodelovanje in razvoj (mojstrstvo), kot tudi poudarjati doseganje ciljev (uspešnost). Poleg spodbujanja tovrstne klime in zagotavljanja ustreznega motivacijskega mikro-okolja (pomen, avtonomija in mojstrstvo) morajo voditelji izražati podporo ustvarjalnim idejam in zagotoviti resurse za njihovo izvedbo. Velja biti pozoren tudi na organizacijske realnosti, ki se jim moramo pri etičnem voditeljstvu izogibati oz. jih preprečevati – npr. skrivanju znanja in pretiranem izražanju posameznih stilov vodenja. Tovrstna vedenja namreč vodijo v to, da številne iniciative za spodbujanje ustvarjalnosti v podjetjih ne dosežejo svojih učinkov. Če se destruktivna vedenja pri delu ponavljajo dalj časa, lahko pride do nevarne spirale nezaupanja, kar ima lahko katastrofalne družbenoekonomske, organizacijske in posamezne učinke v smislu zavrte ustvarjalnosti in inovativnosti.

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