Management of Ideas in the Creating Organization

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Tropman goes beyond the notion of the learning organization to propose the creating organization, an organization which sees that ideas—their initiation, development, and implementation—are the key resources for success in the 21st century. While three key resources are important to any organizations—money, people and ideas—the last has been developed the least. Everyone in the organization knows who handles the money; most people know who handles the people, but few know who handles the organizations' store of ideas. Indeed, as one executive said, Why should we have such a person; we have no ideas! As the environment moves ever faster, the long chains of command for getting art to part, from concept to customer are no longer tolerable. People closest to the problem have to solve the problem—and problem solving means having ideas about what is wrong, what can be done, and who should do it.

This book introduces the concepts of IdeaManangement and IdeaLeadership as central positions and functions for the 21st century organization. IdeaManagement will be one of the central pieces of the job description of the new manager. This involves not only the creation of the IdeaManager, but tasks that person to turn all of their employees into IdeaLeaders. IdeaLeadership must be a role broadly distributed so that everyone takes a turn at being an IdeaLeader. IdeaLeaders suggest, offer, propose, and point out new ways to do old things, new things than can be done with old ways, and new things that need to be done and need new ways. But no longer are IdeaLeaders going to be pushed to the edge of the organization and then eventually out of the organization. Rather they will become the central forces of the organization, and everyone else will be tasked with helping them implement the new ideas. The organization, then, will be idea-driven more than anything else. The ability to generate ideas and put them quickly into action will be the next competitive edge.

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Goes beyond the notion of the "learning organization" to propose the "creating organization," an organization which sees that ideas are the key resources for success in the 21st century. Uses humor and down-to- earth insights to introduce concepts of management and leadership that involve all employees as IdeaLeaders, and discusses areas such as team meetings, decision making, and creating organization subculture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567201680
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN E. TROPMAN is Professor of Nonprofit Administration and Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Table of Contents

1 The Energy of Thought 3
2 The Forces for Change: Diversity, Speed, and Magnitude 9
3 The Five Cs Theory of IdeaLeadership and IdeaManagement 17
4 Pernicious Procedures: Problems of Processing New Ideas 35
5 Corrosive Concepts: Drilling Holes in the Boat 45
6 Dangerous Decisions: A Race to the Bottom 51
7 IdeaLeadership and IdeaManagement 61
8 Leading and Managing Idea Generation and Storage: The Half-Baked Ideas Conference 69
9 The Seven I Idea 73
10 Leading and Managing the Team Meeting Process 87
11 Leading and Managing the Team Decision Process: Players on the Team / Actors in the Drama 101
12 Leading and Managing the Team Decision Process: Decision Rules 109
13 Creating the Idea-Driven Self 121
14 Creating Idea-Driven Skills 129
15 Creating Idea-Driven Styles 151
16 Creating Organizational Subculture 161
17 Creating Idea-Driven Strategy 177
18 Creating Idea-Driven Structures 187
19 Creating Idea-Driven Systems 209
20 Creating an Idea-Driven Staff 217
21 Staying Ahead of the Curve 227
22 Creating Change and Supporting Shift 243
References 251
Index 259
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