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IDEA TIME

This dimension refers to the extent to which employees have the time to generate and consider new ideas. This dimension focuses on the time allowed and encouraged in an organization regarding the generation of new ideas.

Low Idea Time High Idea Time
Organizations with low levels of idea time are characterised by systems that account for every minute in terms of actions of employees. Pressure is put upon members of these organizations to account for their time and thinking that falls outside of these planned routes of action is either discouraged or unavailable. Organizations characterised by climates with high levels of idea time are those in which individuals are encouraged to spend time generating ideas. Possibilities exist within these organizations to debate and test new suggestions which have not been planned for in the task assignment. Organizations with high levels of idea time allow for individuals to use their time to discuss possibilities.

 

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