Marie-Hélène Budworth

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, specializing in learning, development & motivation.

Marie-Hélène Budworth

Corporate culture and innovation

October 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A MHRM student shared a story posted on smartplanet regarding innovation in corporations.  This brief piece implies that innovation at the organizational level is more a ‘state of mind’ than it is about dollar investments in research and development.  I would be interested in learning more about what this finding means.  What is it that makes organizations innovative? 

There is a broad research in innovation and creativity that exists at the organizational level and another literature that describes the creativity and  innovation of individuals and groups.  There is smaller discussion in research circles around how you manage to get an entire organization working in a way that leads to consistent innovation.  Moving across levels from the individual to the group to the organization requires complicated research disciplines and often crosses disciplines (e.g., psychology to strategy).  Nevertheless, the question of how individuals become coordinated to contribute to an organizations overall innovation – in a consistent and systematic way – is an interesting one. 

Take a look at the piece shared here and let me know what you think. 


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