The shopfloor level employees' roles as innovators is acknowledged in the literature of innovation management. However, the innovative interaction of shopfloor employees are seen to be attached solely to one's nearest working environment. The empirical contributions concerning the managing of inter-unit interaction on the shopfloor level are limited, though the advantages of horizontal networking in the operational level are recognized. This paper aims to create actionable knowledge on how to generate an innovation activator network in the shopfloor level of a concern in traditional industry. Our work proposes an inter-unit solution to activate the shopfloor level employees to give innovation ideas and to share the ideas between different units. The methodology used in this paper is action research. The results suggest that the bottom-up approach to create new active roles to harvest innovation ideas on the shopfloor level can enhance the ideating activity among employees.
innovation management; idea generation; shopfloor level employees; action research
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The 9<sup>th</sup> International CINet Conference, 2008