Unfurling Organizational Innovation: The Case of a Public Research Organization

33 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2012

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Carlos Martin-Rios

Rutgers University; CMI

Charles Heckscher

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Cesar Gonzalez-Perez

Incipit, CSIC

Date Written: March 5, 2012

Abstract

This paper uses a longitudinal case study of an internally driven organizational innovation and redesign process at a public research organization (PRO) as a way of illustrating innovation dynamics that result from the need to formulate a new strategic mission for the organization as a response to wider environmental and institutional pressure. Based on in-depth interviews with key participants, supplemented by a review of project reports, contract archives, publications and press coverage, this paper illustrates that organizational renewal is a complex phenomenon in PROs and that innovations in essential elements of the formal structure, work practices and values can serve as important enablers of change in highly rigid work environments; it also shows that the introduction of management principles borrowed from private organizations may accelerate change by providing a strong basis for developing a shared collaborative organization in public research.

JEL Classification: O31, M12, I28, J45, l32

Suggested Citation

Martin-Rios, Carlos and Heckscher, Charles and Gonzalez-Perez, Cesar, Unfurling Organizational Innovation: The Case of a Public Research Organization (March 5, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2016039 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2016039

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Charles Heckscher

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Cesar Gonzalez-Perez

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