From the Process of Innovation to Innovation as Process

The Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies, Forthcoming

27 Pages Posted: 31 May 2016

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Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Arun Kumaraswamy

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Management & International Business

Philipp Tuertscher

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

Date Written: January 20, 2016

Abstract

We begin this paper by examining the process of innovation using Usher’s model of cumulative synthesis which comprises four steps: perception of an incomplete pattern, setting of the stage, the act of insight, and critical revision and full mastery. Going beyond a synoptic view on the process of innovation implied by this sequence, Usher’s model also anticipates a performative view of innovation as process. In this latter view, innovation is an on-going accomplishment with actors contextualizing their projects in light of their aspirations and memories. We explicate such a performative view by discussing the complexities of innovation. Considerations of performativity suggest several implications that are different from those offered by a synoptic view.

Keywords: Innovation, Process, Performativity, Contextualization, Usher

JEL Classification: o31, o32

Suggested Citation

Garud, Raghu and Gehman, Joel and Kumaraswamy, Arun and Tuertscher, Philipp, From the Process of Innovation to Innovation as Process (January 20, 2016). The Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2786644

Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

431 Business Bulding
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA 16803
United States

Joel Gehman (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
(780) 248-5855 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelgehman.com

Arun Kumaraswamy

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Management & International Business ( email )

University Park
Miami, FL 33199
United States

Philipp Tuertscher

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.kinresearch.nl/person/philipp-tuertscher/

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