Considerations of Employee-Driven Innovation generally posit innovation
as an advance in the substantive products, services and/or processes of an
organization. More broadly, innovation can also refer to anything that seeks
to do something new, or address a concern that would not otherwise be met.
Employees contribute to innovation in many ways: they can generate and/
or implement a product or service; they can generate and/or implement new
technologies; however, they can also influence the ways in which an organization
adapts and evolves over time in more subtle ways through instigating
work practice changes. Although these more subtle changes may not appear
under the banner of organizational innovation, they nevertheless contribute
to the creation and application of new organizational processes, practices and
outputs. They may also never be part of the conscious and explicit agenda of
the organization or be something that managers have a strong role in initiating.
However, their effects can be cumulative and substantial.