Managing Creativity and Innovation in Organizations

  • Reference: SMN-688-E

  • Number of pages: 11

  • Publication Date: Sep 20, 2013

  • Source: IESE (España)

  • Type of Document: Technical Note

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The technical note explores the tensions between organizational structures and innovation. Building on Teresa Amabile's work on creativity, the note explains how management systems and structures have the potential to enhance innovation. After presenting the personality traits of creative individuals and distinguishing the types of innovation processes (radical vs. incremental), it then identifies how informal organization and semi-structures can foster (or at least not hamper) creativity and improve innovation efficiency.

Learning Objective

The technical note is suitable for MBA and Executive MBA students. It offers recommendations on how to create managerial structures that will not hamper innovation. It serves as a theoretical framework for students to discuss "The Rocky Mountain Institute: Reinventing the 'Think and Do Tank' of the Future" (Business case, SM-1604-E).

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