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Managers of Innovation : Insights Into Making Innovation Happen - John Storey

Managers of Innovation

Insights Into Making Innovation Happen


Published: 10th December 2004
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Innovation is increasingly identified as <i>the</i> critical factor in ensuring economic competitiveness. Departments of state and quasi-governmental organizations in many countries including, Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, have issued reports and calls to action; but implementation will continue to be problematic unless the points made in this book are taken into account.<br><p><br><p>Drawing on 350 in-depth interviews with senior managers, this book presents an original theory about the characteristics of managers in &#8220;good innovative organizations&#8221; and &#8220;poor innovative organizations&#8221;. It pays close attention to the attitudes, understandings, assumptions and interpretations of managers, who are often the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to innovation. The text is supported by real-life, internationally-known cases such as Hewlett-Packard, Zeneca and the BBC, as well as voluntary sector cases such as Oxfam. It is also enriched by substantial and highly revealing quotations from senior managers themselves.

"This is a rich and significant book on one of the most importantissues facing managers today. Innovation is the key driver for thefuture of businesses and societies. There is an excellent balanceof theory, empirical insight and implications for practice.Students, academics and business people will find this a majorsource of insights into the complexities of managing the innovationprocess."Ken Starkey, Nottingham University "

By focusing on managers' own theories, Storey and Salaman breakfresh ground in our understanding of the processes oforganizational innovation, a topic that has national and practical, as well as theoretical, significance." David A. Buchanan, Leicester Business School

"Important book. The authors highlight the utter centrality ofmanagerial mindsets and orientations to organizationalinnovativeness. All the other factors that are crucial toorganizational innovation hinge on the right managerialperspective." Deborah Dougherty, Rutgers University

"Primarily designed as a student text, for those concerned withthe subject, but would also be useful to help re-educated a largenumber of 'de-innovating' managers." Long Range Planning

List of Figures and Tables.


About the Authors.

Part I: Introduction.

1. Innovation: Problems and Possibilities.

2. The Current State of Knowledge about Innovation.

Part II: Managers' Accounts of Innovation.

3. From Tight Control to the Edge of Anarchy: Managing Innovation in Telecommunications.

4. Managing Creative Workers in an Innovative Way.

5. Contrasting Approaches to Innovation in Engineered Manufactured Goods.

6. Innovation in the Voluntary Sector.

Part III: Synthesis.

7. Conclusions.

Appendix: Research Methods.



ISBN: 9781405124614
ISBN-10: 140512461X
Series: Management, Organizations, and Business Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 10th December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 17.12  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1