A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

An effective employee-driven innovation (EDI) manual process supporting innovativeness

Publication Details
Authors: Parjanen Satu, Saunila Minna, Kallio Anne, Harmaakorpi Vesa
Publisher: Emerald: 24 month embargo
Publication year: 2021
Language: English
Related journal or series: European Journal of Innovation Management
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 4
Start page: 1315
End page: 1334
Number of pages: 20
ISSN: 1460-1060
JUFO level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Purpose: The
purpose of this paper is to define the factors of innovativeness in the context
of employee involvement and study how these factors could be affected by an
employee-driven innovation (EDI) process.

This study follows a quantitative approach through a survey. The survey data
were collected from a case organisation, where employees designed an innovation
manual in a participatory process to support their daily innovativeness.

Findings: According
to the results, the EDI manual process can assist the organisation in
developing their ideation and organising structures. The employees felt that
their ideas were appreciated more after the innovation manual process.
Understanding about innovation and innovativeness was also increased. In
between two survey rounds, the focus of the most urgent development targets had
shifted from internal idea management practices towards customer ideas,
cooperation and appreciation of different ideas. This indicates that the
internal innovation system has to work before it is reasonable to involve other

The study presents an empirical example of an employee-driven process in the
context of public sector healthcare. It increases understanding about the
importance of employee involvement in the innovation manual development process
and how this process affects the factors of innovativeness.

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