Orbiting Outside The Box: Optimization Of Creativity Within Organizations
Extant voice research suggests that voice has a positive effect on organizations, which indicates that an unlimited amount of resources should be devoted to increasing employee voice. However, resources that can enable and facilitate voice - such as managerial attention and focus - can be costly to organizations. Given that there is a cost to increasing employee voice, the benefit of employee voice may not continuously justify the cost. Using the Radner-Shepp-Shiryaev mathematical framework, we find that employee voice is beneficial for an organization up to a point. Specifically, wefind that employee voice, despite having a myriad of positive outcomes for organizations, reaches a tipping point where the cost of voice to the organization may outweigh its benefits. After thistipping point is reached, organizations do not benefit from investing to increase employee voice. The mere presence of employee voice, without regard to how much, may not be sufficient for enhanced organizational performance. Implications for this work are discussed.
Keywords - Employee Voice, Profit Maximization, Mathematical Framework, Liability Of Voice.