Department of Management

Peter Kesting

The role of employee participation in generating and commercializing innovations in China

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  • Peter Kesting
  • Zhihua Qin, Renmin University of China, China
  • Jiwen Lynda Song, Renmin University of China, China
  • Michal Krol, European Centre for International Political Economy , Belgium
In this paper we are investigating the effect of different forms of employee participation on innovation generation and commercialization in China. To date, the concept of employee-driven innovation (EDI) finds very little recognition in China, in research as well as in management practice. It seems to fundamentally contradict traditional values in Chinese culture. On the other hand, work realities change rapidly in China. Research suggests that EDI might be particularly relevant for innovations in skilled labour contexts. Based on a survey of 620 medium-sized and large companies in China we found clear indications that different forms of employee participation have a positive impact on innovation generation, but not commercialization, while the application of non-monetary incentives mediates a positive relationship of employee participation on both innovation stages. These findings underpin that EDI is also relevant for China.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11177
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAcademy of Managemeny - Orlando, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201313 Aug 2013


ConferenceAcademy of Managemeny
CountryUnited States

    Research areas

  • China, employee-driven innovation (EDI), employee participation, innovation, monetary incentives, non-monetary incentives

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