Characteristics of Innovative Companies: A Case Study of Companies in Different Sectors

16 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2005

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Carmen Cabello Medina

Universidad Pablo de Olavide - Business Administration Department

Antonio Carmona Lavado

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Ramón Valle Cabrera

Universidad Pablo de Olavide - Business Administration Department

Abstract

The literature on new organizational forms offers an up-to-date picture of organizations that combines traditional variables with new ones, and contributes to a more productive analysis of the relationship between organization and innovation. Our review of the literature highlights several research topics dealing with new organizational forms and innovation, such as strategic flexibility (in the form of customization of output, subcontracting or outsourcing and the use of contingent workers), informal communication throughout the entire organization made feasible by information technology and collaboration with other organizations and institutions. These topics have been analysed in a study of four companies that differ in size and sector, but that have all been classified as innovative. This article confirms the existence of certain factors that operate as described in the literature, and reveals other factors that have to be taken into account because they contribute to a better understanding of how innovation takes place in the four companies.

Suggested Citation

Medina, Carmen Cabello and Lavado, Antonio Carmona and Cabrera, Ramón Valle, Characteristics of Innovative Companies: A Case Study of Companies in Different Sectors. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 272-287, September 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=796308

Carmen Cabello Medina (Contact Author)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide - Business Administration Department ( email )

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Sevilla, Seville 41010
Spain

Antonio Carmona Lavado

Universidad Pablo de Olavide ( email )

Ctra. Utrera, Km.1
Sevilla, Seville 41010
Spain

Ramón Valle Cabrera

Universidad Pablo de Olavide - Business Administration Department ( email )

Ctra. Utrera, Km.1
Sevilla, Seville 41010
Spain

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