Effect of relationship style on innovation performance.


Hung-Wen Lee* and Ching-Fang Yu

The purpose of this study is to analyze how different relationship styles of employees in the hi-tech industry influence innovation performance. This is helpful to understand whether the intimacy among employees in each relationship style has a positive effect on innovation performance. This study takes employees in the hi-tech industry as subjects and finds that the relationship style of an organization can effectively predict the innovation performance. Hence, an organization needs to establish and maintain the relationship among members, encourage high intimacy among them and increase their work efficiency to improve the innovation performance of the organization. This study presents the following management implications: (1) this study analyzes the effect of social activities on innovation performance from the viewpoint of employees. The result shows a positive outcome, indicating that managers of the hi-tech industry need to pay more attention to the intimacy among organizational members; (2) for the hi-tech industry, improving innovation performance within an organization can start with individual employees. The relationship of an employee with the organization, supervisor and colleague and, thus, the innovative performance of the organization can be improved via job rotation, implementation of the mentoring system, and role-playing activities.

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