In 2006 I attended an academic conference on higher education in Perth. Seeing doctoral students presenting their papers there, my enthusiasm to get a PhD and seek an academic career became stronger than ever. And the beauty of Perth was so tempting! In July 2009, my ambition happened: with a scholarship from the Indonesian Government, I could undertake a PhD program in ECU’s School of Management.
I am interested in exploring how psychological resilience in employees influences their ability to be innovative. Sustained innovation requires a high level of effort and hardiness, but existing research has not captured this aspect well. I aim to provide a new perspective on innovation by using the concept of resilience developed from positive psychology and particularly Positive Organisational Scholarship (POS).
I have Assoc. Prof. Peter Standen from the School of Management as my principal supervisor. He has a sound organizational psychology and leadership research background, which is useful for my study. Dr Cath Fergusson, my co-supervisor, is an active researcher from ECU School of Psychology’s Lifespan Resilience research group.
With help from these two supervisors, I am very excited to address two research objectives: developing a new scale for measuring resilience better suited to the context of large organizations; and explaining the relationship between resilience and innovative behaviour.
I hope my research will provide insight for organizations’ practical needs in developing employees’ resilience, thereby making employees well-equipped to innovate their business challenges in meetings. And the same is happening to me: building my own resilience and seeing its role in innovation while undertaking a challenging PhD journey!