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Measuring Organizational Climate for Creativity and Innovation

Synonyms

Creative climate ; Innovative climate; Innovativeness; Innovativity; Work environment

Definition

Organizational climate is a relatively stable set of physical, social-psychological, administrative, and economic factors characterizing the conditions for work and influencing on employees’ professional activities within an organization domain.

Introduction

The alteration of a company’s work environment for creativity represents the most important way to develop employees’ creativity and to manage this process. For maintenance of the “continuous creativity” strategy, it is necessary to create a favorable organizational and psychological climate for creativity, not only for “creative employees” (such as inventors, managers, and engineers), but also for all workers. For example, Japanese firms support and accumulate not only inventions but any “fine” ideas (“secondary innovations”) as well. These secondary innovations