Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Causal loop diagrams; factors influencing innovative behavior; individual innovative work behavior; innovative work behavior; systems thinking; team innovative work behavior


"Engineering organizations pursue innovation in strategy, structure, processes, and the services and products offered to remain relevant and competitive. Identifying factors supporting or constraining innovative work behavior and recognizing the complexity of their interactions are vital to sustaining an innovative workforce, yet how factors interact has not been comprehensively studied.

Recognizing innovative work behavior as the output of a complex system of factors guided this study’s literature search that identified over one hundred individual, team, and organizational factors influencing innovative behavior, interviews of engineers to learn what factors are essential in their work environment, and Delphi survey to rank factors, culminating in causal loop diagrams constructed to demonstrate that relationships between factors driving innovation could be modeled as a system.

For the engineering manager, recommendations include understanding how multi-level factor outcomes aggregate and the direction of their influence, and how lower-level effects transform and coalesce through synergies, negotiations, learning, or resistance as they work through and on the organization to create new, higher-level outcomes. And for the researcher, topics are offered for additional analysis, for example, how remote, distributed work may affect innovative behavior"-- Abstract, p. iii


Corns, Steven

Committee Member(s)

Canfield, Casey I.
Enke, David Lee, 1965-
Long, Suzanna, 1961-
Wright, David
Wissler, John


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2024


xiii, 135 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes_bibliographical_references_(pages 114-134)


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 12332

Electronic OCLC #