Salvatore Zappalà, Fabio Massei

Psycho-social factors and innovativeness in a sample of small enterprises

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Keywords: organizational innovation; individual and job characteristics; group and organizational processes; small and medium enterprises

This study examines, in 10 Italian small and medium enterprises, whether psycho-social and organizational variables are related to innovation and if such variables allow to distinguish between more and less innovative firms. Company owners reported subjective and objective measures of organizational innovation while 158 employees assessed psycho-social dimensions and organizational innovativeness. T-test does not show any difference between companies that adopted more and less innovations. However, individual, job, group and organizational characteristics predict the level of enterprises' innovativeness.

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