HR psychological management of innovation

Starting date
November 4, 2021
Duration (months)
Human Sciences
Managers or local contacts
Ceschi Andrea

The term innovation generally refers to the process of transforming ideas or inventions into value-creating goods or services (Sartori, 2018). From an active point of view, to innovate means to improve, to actively try to reach one’s ideal state. The report published in Accenture (Technology Vision 2021) shows that the companies that invest in innovation increase their profits five times faster than those that are more conservative. In the work environment, innovation comes from the exchange of knowledge, ideas and skills that belong to the organization’s population. Thus, innovation comes from people, whether they belong to the same organization (closed innovation) or different organizations (open innovation) (Chesbrough, 2003). We mention “people” rather than “a single individual” because innovation is inextricably linked to collaboration and is less and less likely to originate from the idea of a single individual (Kelley, 2010), although the narrative of the revolutionary entrepreneur has always held sway in the collective imagination. Innovation thus requires the contribution of multiple individuals in organizations, which is why human resource management is critical to fostering organizational innovation. In particular, two HRM functions are of paramount importance in human innovation processes: personnel selection and training.
In this sense, the aim of the current line of research is to study the processes underlying the search for candidates with the skills needed to promote organizational innovation. This also makes it possible to implement training interventions for members of organizations aimed at increasing strategic skills related to innovation processes. In this way, the organization will be able to promote innovation processes through the development of competencies and skills of workers involved in them. In addition to selection, organizational innovation is closely linked to the concepts of training and development. In organizations, innovation grows with training and leads to the development of both human resources and the organization as a whole. This strand of research deals with innovation from both an experimental and a consulting perspective. It helps individuals, groups and organizations to define a training path that leads them to the creation of new ideas, tools and products.

Ceschi, A., Dorofeeva, K., & Sartori, R. (2014). Studying teamwork and team climate by using a business simulation. How communication and innovation can improve group learning and decision-making performance. European Journal of Training and Development, 38, 211-230.
Chesbrough, H. (2003). Open innovation: the new imperative for creating and profiting from technology. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.
Costantini, A., Sartori, R., & Ceschi, A. (2017). Framing workplace innovation through an organizational psychology perspective: a review of current WPI studies. In P.R.A. Oeij, D. Rus, & F.D. Pot (Eds.). Workplace Innovation. Theory, Research and Practice, Berlin, Springer.
Kelley, B. (2010). Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire. Hoboken: John Wiley.
Sartori, R. & Ceschi, A. (2013). Assessment and development centers: judgment biases and risks of using idiographic and nomothetic approaches to collecting information on people to be evaluated and trained in organizations. Quality & Quantity, 47, 3277-3288.
Sartori, R., Ceschi, A., & Costantini, A. (2017). The human side of open innovation: what room for training and development? In D. Salampasis & A.L. Mention (Eds.), Open Innovation: Unveiling the Power of the Human Element, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Sartori, R., Costantini A., & Ceschi A. (2020). Psychological assessment in human resource management: discrepancies between theory and practice and two examples of integration, Personnel Review. in press.
Sartori, R., Costantini, A., Ceschi, A., & Tommasi, F. (2018). How do you manage change in organizations? Training, development, innovation, and their relationships. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 313.
Sartori, R., Favretto, G., & Ceschi, A. (2013). The relationships between innovation and human and psychological capital in organizations: A review. The Innovation Journal, 18.

Project participants

Andrea Ceschi
Associate Professor
Research areas involved in the project
Formazione e organizzazioni
work and organizational psychology
Title Authors Year
Business games and simulations: Which factors play key roles in learning Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo; Tacconi, Giuseppe; Dorina, Hysenbelli 2014


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