Salaman, Graeme and Storey, John
‘Nature has no outline, but imagination has’ contrasting executive renditions of the ‘commitment to innovation’.
European Management Journal, 27(4),
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In recent years, corporate and governmental agency declarations of a commitment to, and exploitation of, ‘innovation’ has been pervasive and powerful. In this paper we show how executives rearrange such a dominant societal thematic in order to control their organization in a manner which fits with their interpretative schemas. Drawing upon in-depth research of discourse and action in two major corporations – one in banking and the other in advanced telecommunications equipment design and manufacture – we reveal how senior executives ‘ruled in’ certain ways of talking about innovation and strategy and also as a direct result, ‘ruled out’ other, alternative ways of thinking. Antecedent, formative thinking leading up to the banking crisis of 2008 is explored.
||2008 Elsevier Ltd.
||Economic and Social Research Council [grant number RES-334-25-0008]
||knowledge; strategy; innovation; executive directors
||Open University Business School
||29 Jan 2009 03:50
||24 Oct 2012 08:58
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