Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Significance of Participation in an Innovation Training Program on the Perception of Creative Behaviors
by Foor, Kimberly L., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2017, 198; 10615824
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative exploratory case study was to examine the significance of participation in a six-session innovation training program on participants’ perceived creative behaviors in a military research and development organization in eastern Maryland. This study included an introduction and background of the problem, thorough literature review, declaration of design and methodology, data collection and analysis, and presentation of the findings. Data collection included an online qualitative survey of past program participants, theoretical literature, and innovation training course materials. The survey responses showed evidence through individuals’ perceptions, beliefs, and lived experiences that may encourage leadership to utilize innovation-training programs and similar creative behavior training to improve organizational culture, communication, and experience. Four common themes emerged through data analysis relative to influencing creative behaviors as follows: Essential to Innovation, Applicable to Daily Activities and Organization, New Skills and Methodologies Learned, and Significant Perceptions and Beliefs. These themes were analyzed to formulate responses to the guiding research questions of this study. The data presented in this study has shown the potential value of innovation training by presenting both positive and negative outcomes, allowing leaders to understand current issues with organizational creative behaviors, and the potential opportunity to bolster these behaviors through innovation training. Organizational leaders have an opportunity to potentially utilize innovation training as a means of reinforcing or improving the quality and productivity of organizational innovative projects through enhancing individual perception in areas including critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and team building, and creativity and innovation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Witchel, Arnold
Commitee: Novello, Michael, Suarez, John
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Business education, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Creative behavior, Innovation, Innovation training, Organizational behavior, Organizational culture, Workforce development
Publication Number: 10615824
ISBN: 978-0-355-26699-3
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