Managers of Innovation: Insights into Making Innovation Happen / Edition 1

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Drawing on 350 in-depth interviews with senior managers, the book presents an original theory about the characteristics of managers in 'good innovative organizations' and 'poor innovative organizations'. It pays close attention to the attitudes, understandings, assumptions and interpretations of managers, who are often the ultimate decision makers when it comes to innovation. The text is supported by real-life, internationally known cases such as Hewlett-Packard, Zeneca and the BBC, as well as voluntary sector cases such as Oxfam. It is also enriched by substantial and highly revealing quotations from senior managers themselves.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a rich and significant book on one of the most importantissues facing managers today. Innovation is the key driver for thefuture of businesses and societies. There is an excellent balanceof theory, empirical insight and implications for practice.Students, academics and business people will find this a majorsource of insights into the complexities of managing the innovationprocess."Ken Starkey, Nottingham University "

By focusing on managers' own theories, Storey and Salaman breakfresh ground in our understanding of the processes oforganizational innovation, a topic that has national and practical,as well as theoretical, significance." David A. Buchanan,Leicester Business School

"Important book. The authors highlight the utter centrality ofmanagerial mindsets and orientations to organizationalinnovativeness. All the other factors that are crucial toorganizational innovation hinge on the right managerialperspective." Deborah Dougherty, Rutgers University

"Primarily designed as a student text, for those concerned withthe subject, but would also be useful to help re-educated a largenumber of 'de-innovating' managers." Long Range Planning

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405124614
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Series: Management, Organizations and Business Series, #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

John Storey is Professor of Management at the OpenUniversity Business School and a consultant to leadingcorporations. He has authored and edited sixteen books on business,management and organizations. He is a non-executive director on twomanagement boards.

Graeme Salaman is Professor of Organizational Studies atthe Open University Business School. He has worked as a consultantin eight countries for clients such as Sun Microsystems, Willis,BAT, the government of Ethiopia, Fujitsu, Allianz, Ernst and Young,Rolls Royce, and Morgan Stanley.

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Table of Contents

1 Innovation : problems and possibilities 3
2 The current state of knowledge about innovation 15
3 From tight control to the edge of anarchy : managing innovation in telecommunications 37
4 Managing creative workers in an innovative way 61
5 Contrasting approaches to innovation in engineered manufactured goods 88
6 Innovation in the voluntary sector 115
7 Conclusions 143
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