Impact of Staff Improvisation on Innovation Performance: An Empirical Study Based on Research and Development Staff in People’s Republic of China

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Huamin Mo
Ekrisi Niyomsilp

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This study was developed a theoretical model to account for the effect of organization improvisation on innovation performance by theoretical analysis and literature review. Staff improvisation was defined that, employee utilize immediately available resource to produce creative results in non-routine or unexpected ways. With the objectives to identify the connotation of staff improvisation through literature research and to examine the impact of staff improvisation on innovation performance. Results from a sample of 213 Chinese staff support the study hypothesis, and show that staff improvisation positively affected their innovation performance. Furthermore, the three sub-dimensions of improvisation, including spontaneity, creativity and utilizing available resource, could significantly promoted their creative performance. The results of this research offer guidance to managers about encouraging organization improvisation.

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