Reinventing Innovation

Reinventing Innovation : Designing the Dual Organization

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Based on research findings and detailed, original cases, this book charts the new innovation imperative, where organizations must deliver on dual goals: an efficient return on current operations, and a burgeoning pipeline of new products. It argues that the two pursuits cannot be achieved through a bland compromise, or by switching priorities back and forth. Only a `dual' organization capable of amplifying the tension can optimize efficiency while seeding innovation. Reinventing Innovation examines the nature of dual organizing, presents a series of in-depth cases to reveal its principles, and explains how to fortify organizations with `ambidexterity' capabilities. Ideal for tertiary students, academics, and practitioners, Reinventing Innovation contains a rich balance of theoretical principles, case insights, and practical guidance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 9.65mm | 2,989g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2017
  • 3 Illustrations, black and white; IX, 138 p. 3 illus.
  • 3319572121
  • 9783319572123

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This book examines the capabilities organizations need in order to meet the dual mandate of current and future performance. It develops a theoretical framework for dual organizing, which emphasizes the escalation of both explore and exploit ventures simultaneously in order to sustain a productive tension where complexity coexists with control. Unlike other approaches to innovation, which propose independent innovation programs and processes, or recommend a balance between predictable maintenance and risky innovation, Reinventing Innovation advocates for more of both. In the resulting tension, opportunities emerge for organizations to assimilate ambiguity, while still sustaining an orderly return on current strengths. This work offers a theoretical, empirical, and practical background for students, managers and leaders seeking to improve their responses to the universal problem of innovating for the future without inhibiting the present.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. The Innovative Imperative

Chapter 2. Changing Forms of Organizing

Chapter 3. Duality Theory

Chapter 4. Embracing the Tension

Chapter 5. Structuring Innovation

Chapter 6. Breaking Out

Chapter 7. Designing Business Innovation

Chapter 8. The Efficient Innovator.
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About Aaron C. T. Smith

Aaron C.T. Smith is Professor in the College of Business at RMIT University, Australia. He has authored 18 books, over 100 academic articles, and consulted to more than 120 organisations on these issues.

Fiona Sutherland was Senior Lecturer in the La Trobe Business School, Australia until 2015. She continues to teach into the MBA program.

David H. Gilbert is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Business at RMIT University, Australia and Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Fastrack Innovation Program.
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