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Establish Work Practices
1.1 Identify relevant stakeholders 1.2 Identify organisational objectives and practices 1.3 Evaluate current work conditions 1.4 Determine working conditions that allow innovative practices according to organisational policies and procedures 1.5 Identify organisational resources relating to innovation 1.6 Build and lead team and maximise opportunities for innovation
Create and Implement an Innovative Environment
2.1 Evaluate the impacts of changing work environment 2.2 Collaborate with stakeholders and develop ideas for enhancing work environment 2.3 Identify and select resources required for enhancing work environment 2.4 Assess the ability of the workspace to support innovation 2.5 Assist team members to adapt and perform in new work environment 3.1 Encourage creative mindsets, collaborative working and development of positive workplace relationships 3.2 Reinforce the value of innovation according to organisational vision and objectives 3.3 Take risks to open up opportunities for innovation 3.4 Select ways of celebrating and encouraging innovation 3.5 Encourage and support evaluation of innovative ideas
Share and Evaluate Your Innovative Ideas and Work Environment
4.1 Share relevant information, knowledge and skills on innovative practices with stakeholders 4.2 Provide and encourage formal and informal learning opportunities to develop skills required for innovation 4.3 Create opportunities where individuals can learn from the experience of others 4.4 Seek and respond to suggestions, improvements and innovations from all team members
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
About Lesson

Current thinking on human motivation, particularly in the context of fostering innovative teams, emphasises the importance of understanding both individual and collective motivational processes. Here’s how recent research can be applied to support an innovative team:

  1. Understanding Motivational Processes at Individual and Team Levels: Research by Gilad Chen and Ruth Kanfer highlights the importance of understanding core motivational processes at both individual and team levels. For fostering an innovative team, it’s crucial to recognise how individual motivations contribute to team dynamics and how team-level motivations can influence individual behaviors. Encouraging personal growth and aligning individual goals with team objectives can enhance motivation across all levels.
  2. Motivational Programs to Enhance Performance: According to R. Clark, motivational programs can significantly increase both the quality and quantity of performance. In the context of innovative teams, creating motivational programs that address the unique challenges of innovation—such as the fear of failure, distractions, and overconfidence—can be particularly effective. Emphasising the value of creativity, persistence, and responsibility in novel tasks can foster a more innovative team environment.
  3. Team Design and Dynamics for Motivation: The work of Guihyun Park, Matthias Spitzmuller, and R. DeShon advances our understanding of team motivation by differentiating between individual-level motivations and truly collective phenomena. For innovative teams, designing team structures that promote interdependence and dynamic interactions can enhance collective motivation. This involves creating environments where team members feel their contributions are valuable to both their personal goals and the team’s innovative objectives.
  4. Support for Innovation Climate: Integrating theories from proactive motivation and team innovation climate, research by Gilad Chen, J. Farh, E. M. Campbell-Bush, Zhiming Wu, and Xin Wu suggests that a team-level support for innovation climate is crucial for innovative performance. Leaders can foster an innovative team by promoting a climate that supports creativity, risk-taking, and experimentation. Transformational leadership, in particular, can create a motivational mechanism that encourages team members to engage in innovative behaviors.


To utilise these insights for fostering an innovative team, leaders and organisations should focus on:

  • Developing a clear understanding of both individual and team-level motivational processes.
  • Implementing motivational programs tailored to the unique challenges of innovation.
  • Designing team structures that encourage interdependence and dynamic collaboration.
  • Cultivating a supportive climate for innovation through transformational leadership and organisational practices.

Addressing these aspects can create an environment that not only motivates individuals but also fosters a collective drive towards innovation.


  1. Chen, G., & Kanfer, R. (2023). The Future of Motivation in and of Teams. Annual Review of Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour, 11.
  2. Clark, R. (2003). Fostering the work motivation of individuals and teams. Performance Improvement, 42(3), 21-29.
  3. Park, G., Spitzmuller, M., & DeShon, R. (2013). Advancing Our Understanding of Team Motivation. Journal of Management, 39(3), 747-775.
  4. Chen, G., Farh, J., Campbell-Bush, E. M., Wu, Z., & Wu, X. (2013). Teams as innovative systems: multilevel motivational antecedents of innovation in R&D teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(6), 1018-1027.
  5. Preeti, & Vandana Verma. (2022). Motivation: An approach for employees. Link to the article
  6. C K Gomathy. (2022). A case study on employee motivation in an organisation. Link to the article and PDF

These references and links should provide you with direct access to the articles for further reading and exploration of the current thinking on human motivation and its application in fostering innovative teams.

Additional articles and videos of interest:

  1. How to Keep Your Team Motivated, by Amy Gallo,
  2. We know teamwork is important, but how important? Yale University,

  3. The Puzzle of motivation, Dan Pink, TED Talk,