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Rethinking innovation in organizations through coevolving systems theory

Rethinking innovation in organizations through coevolving systems theory

Professor Richard Vidgen Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales will be leading this seminar at the UoB Systems Centre on 1st June at 1700 Research into high performing workplaces identifies the ability of organizations to innovate as a significant indicator of financial performance. Unsurprisingly, innovation is of great interest to governments. Despite this interest from firms and policy-makers it is less clear how organizations can organize to encourage, generate, and capture innovation. This paper develops an innovation organizing framework grounded in complex adaptive systems. The framework draws on three principles of coevolving systems: match coevolutionary change rate, maximize self-organizing, and synchronize exploitation and exploration. The last principle suggests that innovation should not be viewed in isolation, i.e.,[…]

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