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Do Management Innovations Yield in Higher Employees’ Satisfaction?

Proceeding: 5th International Conference on Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES)

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Page : 371-378

Keywords : Management innovations; Organisational innovations; Effects of innovations; Employees´ satisfaction;

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Abstract

Aim of the paper is to answer the question in the title – Do management innovations yield in higher employees´ satisfaction? Innovations are highly encouraged on the national level with government programmes as well as by EU through Operational Programmes. Management innovations are also called organisational or administrative. Management innovations are an implementation of new or significant changes in firm structure or management methods and they affect employees. Current management discussions stress the importance of employee satisfaction. Literature lacks empirical research of Design/methodology/approach: Research is focused on the Czech Republic. Data were obtained from the Community Innovation Survey (CIS) which is harmonised survey of innovation activities in enterprises in EU. The survey is distributed by Czech Statistical Office. The response rate is 85%. The survey is longitudinal with two years´ frequencies. Questions from 2004 and 2006 are the most appropriate to answer the research question. Effects of organisational innovation on employee satisfaction are tested using Kruskal-Wallis test with control on the size of enterprises. Findings: Perceived effects of management (organisational) innovation on employee satisfaction are higher compared to the effects of marketing innovation. The effects are stronger with a combination of more types of innovation. The weakness of the findings is that the effects of innovations are only perceived effects based on self-evaluation of enterprises and the questionnaire does not allow indicating negative effects of innovations. But even so, these finding shed a light on the effects of management innovations perceived by enterprises. Research/practical implications: The effects of management innovation are discussed in publications about management. But the relationship between management innovation and its effects lacks strong empirical evidence. The CIS brings great opportunity to investigate the relationship quantitatively. Findings are useful for managers that need to know the expected effects of their actions.Originality/value: The main value of the paper is the range of data. It consists of surveys from two periods and the number of analysed enterprises that introduced an innovation is more than 5.5 thousand. It reveals effects of management innovations perceived by enterprises. Research of effects of management innovation is rare.

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