Corporate culture and framing innovation opportunities

One of our distinguished Catalyst Fellows, Professor Anne-Laure Fayard, has recently published a paper (co-authored with Emmanouil Gkeredakis and Natalia Levina) that examines "how an organization’s culture, and in particular its stance toward the pursuit of knowledge and innovation, matters when confronting new digitally enabled practices for generating novel insights.”

The work follows the experience of two innovation consultancies that considered crowdsourcing for innovation, and describes the different positions enacted by the firms. To explain the differences, the authors developed the concept of organizational epistemic stance, defined as "an attitude that organizational actors collectively enact in pursuing knowledge.”  Professor Fayard and her co-authors conclude:

Our analysis suggests that when organizational actors encounter and explore information technology-enabled practices, such as crowdsourcing and big data analytics, they are likely to remain committed to their epistemic stance to frame such practices and judge their potential value for pursuing knowledge."

We think this will be of interest to anyone interested in the relationship between innovation and culture and encourage you to explore further. A full abstract and links to the full paper can be found here.

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