When a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Structural, Collective, and Social Conditions for Innovation in Organization

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

The micro-processes (small-scale tasks performed byindividuals and groups) that generate innovation are considered in order todetermine which conditions are best for the cultivation of innovations.Adynamic model of innovation is offered which reflects the innovation process asuncertain, knowledge-intensive, controversial and boundless. The model connectsthe four primary tasks of the innovation process to the social patterns andstructures that foster those tasks.These tasks include idea generation,coalition building, idea realization (prototype production), and diffusion(commercialization of the product). Following in-depth discussions of each of the four tasks, it is argued thatclose structural connections between potential innovators and users is integralto the innovation process, as are structural connections between the innovationitself and the organizations that will circulate and commercialize theproduct.Interorganizational ties and organization-environment connectionsfacilitate and enrich the innovation process.(SAA)

Keywords: Social conditions & trends, Interfirm alliances, Alliance formation, Innovation process, Idea generation, Prototyping, Commercialization

Suggested Citation

Kanter, Rosabeth Moss, When a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Structural, Collective, and Social Conditions for Innovation in Organization (2000). Entrepreneurship: The Social Science View, Vol. , p. 167-210 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1512270

Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Contact Author)

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