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Narratives of learning, development and innovation: evidence from a manufacturing SME

Barnett, Elizabeth and Storey, John (2001). Narratives of learning, development and innovation: evidence from a manufacturing SME. Enterprise and Innovation Management Studies, 2(2) pp. 83–101.

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In this article we examine the connections between learning and innovation. We do so in a particular and distinctive way - not by hypothesizing causal linkages through statistical associations arising from a survey, but through detailed attention to the insights, understandings and perceived meaningful connections we observed in the discourse of participants in a highly innovative company. This company had robust and externally validated empirical measures of innovativeness and participants shared a sense of this. When we invited the managers, supervisors and operatives to give us narratives about innovations in the company, analysis of the interview transcripts showed an unusual degree of congruence between the understandings and sense-making of the various informants: both managers and employees alike seemed to perceive strong connections between the company's track record of innovative performance and its ingrained learning and development practices. Moreover, these connections were seen to extend backwards and forwards in time, and to extend to development in the local environment. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 1463-2446
Keywords: innovation; learning organisations; small to medium-sized enterprises; firms
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 1218
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 16:40
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