Technical innovation and organisational opportunity

Technical innovation and organisational opportunity Organisational innovation is needed to facilitate technological innovation. This paper explores the obstacles to innovation in large organisations and argues for widespread recourse to smaller organisational units to stimulate innovation. A solution is proposed to organisational problems of promoting innovation identified in the paper; this involves the circulation of key personnel in innovation teams capable of crossing institutional barriers between large companies, academic departments and small high–technology firms. The authors' analysis of the innovation process questions whether, in the development of new technologies, pre–competitive and 'near–market' research are as distinct and separable as is assumed by those framing current funding policies. They raise the question of whether policies aimed at economies of scale in R&D may in certain cases fail to promote organisational conditions conducive to innovation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Technology Management Inderscience Publishers

Technical innovation and organisational opportunity

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
0267-5730
eISSN
1741-5276
DOI
10.1504/IJTM.1990.025849
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Abstract

Organisational innovation is needed to facilitate technological innovation. This paper explores the obstacles to innovation in large organisations and argues for widespread recourse to smaller organisational units to stimulate innovation. A solution is proposed to organisational problems of promoting innovation identified in the paper; this involves the circulation of key personnel in innovation teams capable of crossing institutional barriers between large companies, academic departments and small high–technology firms. The authors' analysis of the innovation process questions whether, in the development of new technologies, pre–competitive and 'near–market' research are as distinct and separable as is assumed by those framing current funding policies. They raise the question of whether policies aimed at economies of scale in R&D may in certain cases fail to promote organisational conditions conducive to innovation.

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International Journal of Technology ManagementInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 1990

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