Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany, launched the Curiosity Initiative in August 2016 to promote curiosity. Over the past 350 years, curiosity has driven the company’s growth beyond its own means. It has taken paths that have led to scientific and technological breakthroughs, many of which have not only driven economic growth, but also mastered significant societal challenges.
Their research shows that highly curious individuals, i.e. high performers with the greatest potential to innovate in organizations, possess four distinct characteristics, or curiosity dimensions, which together form the basis of our new Multi-Dimensional Work-Related Curiosity Scale:
Joyous Exploration: Gaining great pleasure from recognizing and seeking out new knowledge and information at work, and the subsequent joy of learning and growing.
Deprivation Sensitivity: Recognizing a gap in knowledge and pondering abstract or complex ideas to try to solve the problem and reduce the gap (offers a sense of relief when solved).
Openness To Pepole’s Ideas: Valuing diverse perspectives and ideas from others, and intentionally seeking out different approaches at work.
Distress Tolerance: Willingness to embrace the anxiety and discomfort that come from exploring the new, unfamiliar and uncertain.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, believes that cultivating a culture of curiosity leads to an open, innovation-friendly environment in which passionate teams can effectively contribute to business success. This belief catalyzed the ambition of the leading science and technology group to define the role and value of curiosity in the workplace. Further information about the initiative can be found here, at curiosity.emdgroup.com. The complete study is deposited here.
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About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 58,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 16.2 billion in 66 countries.
The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. Since its founding 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company.