Your organization may be facing innovation challenges that are very specific to you or your particular industry. If you accurately pinpoint the root causes of these challenges, you will be able to implement (often) simple solutions, and stop wasting resources and opportunities on inefficient workarounds.
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We collaborate with a number of established university researchers in the fields of leadership and open innovation to perform customized company- and industry-wide research initiatives. This research can help you gain a competitive advantage by identifying critical areas that request your attention and by providing you with a clear roadmap as to what needs to be done.
All of our research projects employ a variety of validated research methods and techniques tailored to suit your individual circumstances. By working with published experts in the field of organizational psychology, you can rest assured that the research methods are sound and that the resulting research findings are valid and reliable.
Some of our specific research topics have included: leadership, creativity, innovation and innovation climate, managing open innovation, feedback and reactions to negative feedback. The findings have resulted in clear practical recommendations and solutions for organizations and have been published in scientific journals in the field of psychology, management and organizational behavior.
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Creative Peas collaborates with a number of established researchers in the fields of leadership, creativity and innovation. This is a selected list of our research partners.
Professor Dr. Barbara Wisse
Professor of Organizational Psychology at the University of Groningen
Barbara holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Leiden University. Her work focuses explicitly on power and leadership processes and often revolves around topics such as ethics and morality, emotions, justice and the psychological effects of change. Barbara has published in the main journals in the field of psychology, management and organizational behavior. Learn more
Dr. Eric Rietzschel
Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology at the University of Groningen
Eric holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on both individual and group creativity. In particular, he is interested in the way the work environment and personality interact in shaping creative behavior, and in measurement issues surrounding organizational creativity. Eric has published in the main journals in the field of organizational psychology and management. Learn more
Dr. Jana Niemann
Lecturer in Organizational Psychology at the University of Groningen
Jana's research broadly focuses on feedback reactions and feedback seeking in organizations. More specifically, Jana explores how interpersonal and power differences affect employee and leader reactions to negative feedback. She also investigates how the provider of negative feedback can minimize unfavorable feedback reactions by framing the negative information in a less confronting manner. Another line of Jana's research focuses on exploring reasons underlying leaders' reluctance to seek performance feedback from their employees. Learn more
Doctoral candidate in Organizational Psychology at the University of Groningen
Stacey's research focuses on how moral emotions such as pride, contempt, and guilt affect leader moral behavior. Moreover, she is interested in the influence of leaders’ communication style on employee creativity. Learn more
Some of Diana's major scientific papers and articles are listed here.
- Galinsky, A., Magee, J., Rus, Diana, Rothman, N., & Todd, A. (2014). Acceleration with steering: The synergistic benefits of combining power and perspective-taking. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
- Niemann, J., Wisse, B. M Rus, Diana, Van Yperen, N. W., & Sassenberg, K. (2014). Anger and attitudinal reactions to negative feedback – The effects of emotional instability and power. Motivation and Emotion.
- Niemann, J., Wisse, B., Rus, Diana, Van Yperen, N. W., & Sassenberg, K. (2014). When uncertainty counteracts feedback seeking: The effects of interpersonal uncertainty and power on direct feedback seeking. European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology
- Niemann, J., Wisse, B., Rus, Diana, Van Yperen, N. W., & Sassenberg, K. (2014). C’est le Ton Qui Fait la Critique – for the powerful. The effects of feedback framing and power on affective reactions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
- Rus, Diana (2013). Leading for engagement and performance. European Work and Organizational Psychology in Practice, 5, 26-31.
- Wisse, B. M., & Rus, Diana (2012). Leader self-concept and self-interested behavior: The moderating role of power. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 11, 40-48.
- Rus, Diana, van Knippenberg, D., & Wisse, B. M. (2012). Leader power and self-serving behavior: The moderating role of accountability. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 13-26.
- Galinsky, A. D., Rus, Diana, & Lammers, J. (2010). Power: A central force governing psychological, social, and organizational life. In D. De Cremer, R. van Dick, & J. K. Murnighan (Eds.), Social Psychology and Organizations (pp. 17-38). London: Psychology Press.
- Rus, Diana, van Knippenberg, D., & Wisse, B. M. (2010). Leader power and self-serving behavior: The role of effective leadership beliefs and performance information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 922-933.
- Rus, Diana, van Knippenberg, D., & Wisse, B. M. (2010). Leader self-definition and leader self-serving behavior. The Leadership Quarterly, 21, 509-529.
- Rus, Diana (2009). The dark side of leadership: Exploring the psychology of leader self-serving behavior. Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam.
- Curseu, P. L., & Rus, Diana (2005). The cognitive complexity of groups. A critical look at team cognition research. Cognition, Brain, Behavior, 9, 681-711.