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International Business Management
Year: 2015  |  Volume: 9  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 425 - 430

Perceived Organizational Variables, Knowledge Management and Research and Development Engineer’s Creativity: A Review and Proposed Model

Cheng Ling Tan    

Abstract: Taking into account the increasing importance of Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) in the industry and since the firm’s innovation performance is often linked with the creativity of its Research and Development (R&D) engineers, the ODM firms need to motivate these employees to increase their creativity in work. In spite of the valuable results of the R&D engineer’s creativity to the company, conceptual and empirical work on the antecedents of R&D engineer’s creativity remains scant. Consequently, the main objective of this study is to propose a framework linking perceived organizational variables (support, integration, knowledge and skills and information and communication) as predictors of R&D engineer’s creativity. Since, knowledge management perception has an impact on employee creativity, knowledge management has been identified as a potential mediator in the earlier-mentioned relationship. A review of the literature to support the model within the context of R&D engineers attached to the Malaysian ODM firms is given.

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