Employee Imagination and implications for entrepreneurs : inspiration from Chinese business enterprises

Talat, U and Chang, K 2017, 'Employee Imagination and implications for entrepreneurs : inspiration from Chinese business enterprises' , Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 8 (2) , pp. 129-152.

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Abstract

Purpose
In 2015 the European Group of Organization Studies released a call for papers highlighting poor knowledge of employee imagination in organizations. To address this need, the current study hypothesizes employee imagination consisting of seven conditions common to the organizational experience of Chinese Entrepreneurs.
Design/methodology/approach
The current paper reviews the Chinese enterprising context. Cases from China are used to illustrate the effects of proposed conditions and their value for entrepreneurs and innovators in businesses undergoing change.
Findings
Employee imagination underpins and conditions how Chinese employees make sense of their organisations and better understand the process of organisational change. From the viewpoint of human resource management, emphasis on coaching and developing imagination enables businesses to stay competitive and adapt to environmental demands such as lack of information, too much information, or the need for new information.
Research limitations/implications
The proposed conditions apply to the Chinese context, however, their application to wider contexts is suggested and requires attention.
Originality/Value
Theoretically, our research adds new insights to knowledge of a poorly understood organizational behavior topic – employee imagination. Practically, the research findings provide mangers with knowledge of conditions, which could be adopted as powerful tools in facilitating organizational change management.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2040-8005
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Depositing User: U Talat
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 11:38
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/44735

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