Core Dimensions of Organizational Culture in a Research and Development Organization in Tamil Nadu, India | Chapter 02 | Emerging Issues in Science and Technology Vol. 1

The research paper aims to analyse the core dimensions of Organizational Culture in a R&D institution that is completely dedicated to research in Basic and Allied Sciences. The sole purpose of this research is to capture those dimensions amenable to R&D activities in this organization that will lead to higher R&D performance. The research examines factors like Strategy, Structure, Resources, Risk taking, Job & Role Characteristics, Team Dynamics, Collaboration & Networking, Leadership, Reward System, Safety & Health and Customer Satisfaction in the context of the organization. Research data was collected using a questionnaire from a sample of (n = 110) respondents within the institute. All the variable items for Organisational Culture were measured using a five-point Likert scale. Parametric and Non-Parametric tests were used to analyze the dimensions of culture, relationship between organizational culture and job satisfaction of employees and also the influence of demographic factors on organizational culture.The paper also includes recommendations to guide the management of the organization to identify and inculcate cultural values that will enhance R&D activities and to gradually abandon those practices that hinder creativity and innovativeness among the employees.

Author(s) Details

Vijaya Mani
SSN School of Management, Kalavakkam, Tamil Nadum 603110, India.

Ramyaa Shree S.
SSN School of Management, Kalavakkam, Tamil Nadum 603110, India.

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A Philosophical View: Proposal for New Age Learning | Chapter 05 | Current Research in Education and Social Studies Vol. 2

Learning is to be a joyous activity, not a forceful one. But in the present education system learning is no more joyful. It imposes on the little brains a lot of pressure and anxiety. Hence, in an age when a child has to live freely, play, dream and enjoy the beautiful nature they are blown away with lack of curiosity, creativity, love and happiness. Hence, led to the need for a study. The study is mainly undertaken to find out approaches for a learner’s friendly education by following some of views of great thinkers on education all over the world. Some of the approaches suggested in the new age learning are present in some of the countries but not all together. The proposed new age learning approaches might be difficult to practice in the present day but not impossible. The need for a happy society, with all the curiosity and creativity, free from health issues are the centre of my study. The recent study revealed that the schools in India like Isha home schools, Rishi Valley schools and Puttaparthi Sai Baba schools are aiming at the overall wellbeing of the enrolled children.

Author(s) Details

P. V. Sree Vyshnavi
Department of Business Management, Vikrama Simhapuri University, India.

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Creativity versus Innovativeness: Exploring the Differences between the Two Constructs May Lead to Greater Innovation in Large Firms | Chapter 10 | Current Perspective to Economics and Management Vol. 3

Several individuals from top management seem to be confused about the difference between creativity and innovativeness. [1] suggests that while innovation begins with creative ideas, creativity by individuals and teams is only a starting point for innovation. Individual creativity is necessary but not sufficient to yield breakthrough innovation in organizations. This can sometimes cause confusion in employee development efforts and actions taken by management. Companies often look for ways to hire and retain creative employees and at the same time they are also interested in establishing a creative environment for knowledge workers… but should creativity be the primary focus? These firms hope that creativity enhancing steps will eventually lead to greater innovation and therefore help it to achieve sustained competitive advantage. This paper attempts to demonstrate that there are potentially other dimensions beyond creativity related to innovativeness, which should be considered at the individual level in order to foster innovation in firms. Empirical results in this study support the idea that intrinsic motivational orientation, sociability and political astuteness are enhancers to employee innovativeness while perfection seeking behavior detracts employee innovativeness. These findings may serve to extend Amabile’s [1] componential framework to center on the “innovativeness” construct versus creativity to help explain how firms need to hire, cultivate and retain the right talent.

Author(s) Details

John Cocco
Lally School of Management & Technology Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA.

Majdi Anwar Quttainah
College of Business Administration, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

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