Developing an Inventory of Organizational Innovativeness of Social Welfare Organizations Focusing on Community Welfare Centers and Child Welfare Institutions

사회복지조직 혁신적 척도 개발 연구 - 지역사회복지관과 아동복지시설을 중심으로 -

  • Received : 2011.10.03
  • Accepted : 2011.11.22
  • Published : 2012.02.29

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop an empirically-based inventory of organizational innovativeness of social welfare organizations. Review of literature on innovation research and panel study resulted thirty-seven(37) pre-items for measuring organizational innovativeness. An exploratory factor analysis of the pre-items drawn from the first survey data of 178 social workers revealed seven(7)-factor structure of 31 items. The factors included leadership innovation, team work innovation, task innovation, program development innovation, program technology innovation, idea innovation. A confirmatory factor analysis using data from the second survey of 409 social workers also indicated relevance of seven(7) factor structure of the inventory. Further these seven factors showed positive and significant correlations with measures for innovation culture indicating the inventory had the criterion-related validity. Although additional work remains in methodological issues, the results presented in this paper have shown that this inventory of organizational innovativeness can be an useful tool for assessing innovativeness of social welfare organizations.

Keywords

Organizational innovativeness;Scale development;Social welfare organizations

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단