May I make a suggestion? Corporate support for innovation

Julie M. Smith, Barbara J. Kaminski, Ruth G. Wylie

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The development of an innovations award program in a public utility company is described. The program was designed to generate innovative ideas that were implementable and could bring about significant improvements in the company’s operations or have significant impact on the company’s profitability. The various factors which must be considered when an Organizational Behavior Manager (OBM) is selecting components of an innovations award program is described. The process required to operationally define and then evaluate innovative responses within a corporate environment is described. Analysis of the program described indicated that quantity of innovative ideas generated by the new program exceeded those generated by the company’s previous program while these levels were less than levels generated by comparable programs in other public utilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-146
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 25 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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