Effects of an Information Sharing System on Employee Creativity, Engagement, and Performance

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Shelley Xin Li

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

Tatiana Sandino

Harvard Business School - Accounting and Control

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Date Written: December 31, 2017

Abstract

Many service organizations rely on information sharing systems to boost employee creativity to meet customer needs. We conducted a field experiment in a retail chain, based on a registered report accepted by JAR, to test whether an information sharing system recording employees’ creative work affected the quality of creative work, job engagement, and financial performance. We found that, on average, this system did not have a significant effect on any outcomes. However, it significantly improved the quality of creative work in stores that had accessed the system more frequently and in stores with fewer same-company nearby stores. It also improved creative work and job engagement in stores in divergent markets, where customers needed more customization. We found weak evidence of better financial results where salespeople had lower creative talent before the system was introduced. Our findings shed light on those conditions in which information sharing systems affect employees’ creative work.

Suggested Citation

Li, Xin and Sandino, Tatiana, Effects of an Information Sharing System on Employee Creativity, Engagement, and Performance (December 31, 2017). Journal of Accounting Research, Forthcoming; Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit Working Paper No. 17-094. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2981858 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2981858

Xin Li

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Tatiana Sandino (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School - Accounting and Control ( email )

367 Morgan Hall
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Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-0625 (Phone)

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