The aim of this paper is to examine and clarify the nomological network of change and innovation (CI) - related constructs. A literature review in this field revealed a number of inter-related constructs that have emerged over the last decades. We examine several such constructs - innovation, creativity, proactive behaviours, job crafting, voice, taking charge, personal initiative, submitting suggestions, and extra-role behaviours. Our conceptual analysis suggests each one of these constructs represents a specific component of CI-related behaviours. However, we also found that on occasion these concepts have been dysfunctionally operationalized with evidence of three dysfunctional effects: (i) construct confusion, (ii) construct drift, and (iii) construct contamination. Challenges for future research to enhance conceptual and operational clarity are discussed.
|Journal||European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology|
|Early online date||27 Apr 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Jul 2016|
- conceptual clarity
- extra-role behaviour