A blog about creating and running successful innovation processes

Accounting as mediator between creativity and control

How to avoid control does not hinder creativity in businesses? Two researchers have investigated accounting’s role as a mediating instrument between the tensions of creativity and control within the price competitive world of the fashion chain store. Based on a case study approach, the researchers…

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Creative tension in the innovation process

The degree to which a firm needs creativity and discipline, the elements of creative tension, depends on the speed with which the industry changes. While some degree of freedom and flexibility is essential for productive innovation teams, management is faced with the challenge of instituting…

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The effects of contract selection on creativity

  Performance-based compensation contracts can affect productivity both by motivating effort and by attracting workers whose abilities align best with the offered contracts. Using an experiment in which participants design “rebus puzzles,” one study tested whether the incremental benefits of contract self-selection extend to a…

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Making innovation happen in organizations

Understanding what drives successful innovation is of paramount importance. One study examined the organizational innovation hypothesis that innovation is a function of individual efforts and organizational systems to facilitate creativity. The model in the study formulates creativity as a property of thought process that can…

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The weird rules of creativity

For at least the past decade, the Holy Grail for companies has been innovation. Managers have gone after it with all the zeal their training has instilled in them, using a full complement of tried and true management techniques. The problem is that none of…

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