Idea Management: A Systemic View

30 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Betty Vandenbosch

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Information Systems

Argun Saatcioglu

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Sharon Fay

Flashline, Inc.

Abstract

Ideas are a central ingredient of organizational life and ideation is an essential faculty that propels every day management action. Yet, little is known about how ideation is manifested and managed. We employ the philosophies of transcendentalism, process and interactionism to provide insights into the empirical referents of idea management. We use these referents as a point of departure in our interpretations. Rather than studying idea management in terms of lists of categories, continua of characteristics, or details about process, we explore its systemic nature and investigate the inter-relatedness of idea generation, problem solving and inquiry. Based on field interviews, we propose idea management archetypes that reflect managers' dominant approaches and a model of idea management based on patterns of behaviour. The study validates the notion of idea management and demonstrates the strengths of grounded theorizing. We discuss implications for theory and practice and identify possible strategies for future research.

Suggested Citation

Vandenbosch, Betty and Saatcioglu, Argun and Fay, Sharon, Idea Management: A Systemic View. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 259-288, March 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=884289 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00590.x

Betty Vandenbosch (Contact Author)

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Argun Saatcioglu

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management ( email )

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Sharon Fay

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