Employee imagination and its implication for entrepreneurs : inspiration from Chinese business enterprises

Talat, U and Chang, K ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5689-7780 2017, 'Employee imagination and its implication for entrepreneurs : inspiration from Chinese business enterprises' , Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 8 (2) , pp. 129-152.

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Purpose: In 2015 the European Group of Organisation Studies released a call for papers highlighting poor knowledge of employee imagination in organisations. To address this need, the current study hypothesises employee imagination consisting of seven conditions common to the organisational 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, 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 organisational behaviour topic – employee imagination. Practically, the research findings provide mangers with knowledge of conditions, which could be adopted as powerful tools in facilitating organisational change management.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2040-8005
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Depositing User: Professor Kirk Chang
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 12:43
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 22:21
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43547

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