Innovation Tensions: Chaos, Structure, and Managed Chaos

Rajiv Nag, Kevin G. Corley, Dennis A. Gioia

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Abstract

This chapter presents a framework for understanding the tensions that underlie an organization's ability to manage innovation effectively in the face of a turbulent competitive environment: (1) the fundamental tension between the desire for structure and need for creative chaos, and (2) the on-going tension between technology-push and market-pull approaches to innovation. We explore the nature and boundaries of these tensions and characterize them as four distinct 'innovation contexts'. Using one high-technology organization's struggle as an example, we discuss the notion of 'managed chaos', a concept that helps understand the role of innovation in the maintenance and change of an organization's identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe International Handbook on Innovation
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages607-618
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780080524849
ISBN (Print)9780080441986
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 16 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Competitiveness
  • Creativity
  • Entrepreneurial learning
  • Innovation
  • Institutional learning
  • Public-private sector partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Nag, R., Corley, K. G., & Gioia, D. A. (2003). Innovation Tensions: Chaos, Structure, and Managed Chaos. In The International Handbook on Innovation (pp. 607-618). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044198-6/50041-3