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  • Innovativeness can help companies differentiate themselves, with the ultimate goal of securing survival and improving performance. Modern theories in organizational behavior look at innovation as something that starts with individual creativity but that is also affected by the work environment. Using one broad industry sector, the US forest products industry, this study attempts to integrate into a unifying model the concepts of work climate, innovativeness, and firm performance using structural equation modeling. Results support the proposed theoretical model, with some modifications, finding a positive and significant relation among all factors. Having innovation as a core part of a company's strategy and fostering a climate for innovation positively affects the degrees of innovativeness and performance of a company. This is especially true for secondary or value-added wood products manufacturers. A climate for innovation is characterized by high levels of autonomy and encouragement, team cohesion, openness to change and risk taking, and sufficient resources available to people. Lack of a validation sample suggests treating the model as tentative until further testing.
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  • Crespell, Pablo, and Eric Hansen. 2008. Work climate, innovativeness, and firm performance in the US forest sector: In search of a conceptual framework. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 38: 1703-1715.
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