Entering the back stage of innovation : tensions between the collaborative praxis of idea development and its formal staging in organisations

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Lempiälä, Tea
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-10T10:21:15Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-10T10:21:15Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-4256-5
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/11085
dc.description.abstract Idea development is a delightfully and painfully muddled endeavour. Organisations invest great effort in directing and supporting it but are repeatedly disappointed with the results of their efforts. Although current academic and practical understanding of the subject has indicated the goal towards which to strive, it has not provided sufficient understanding of the means with which to reach this goal. Despite the wide-ranging interest that creativity and innovativeness have attracted over the last few decades, the details of the everyday reality of idea development remain largely unrevealed. The aim of this dissertation is to return to this back stage of innovation and shed light on the messy reality of idea development. The dissertation explores the praxis of idea development of technology experts, with particular attention to the collaborative aspects of this praxis. The study adopts the practice perspective and builds on research into the front end of innovation, innovativeness and innovation practice. From these literature streams, the basis for the dissertation is laid by studies that have sought to describe the everyday praxis, and its collaborative nature in particular. In each research stream, these studies have represented the minority approach w i h highlights the unexplored nature of the topic. The dissertation is a case study, conducted in three established companies that operate globally in traditional industries. The empirical materials were collected through qualitative methods, namely in-depth interviews and group observations. The empirical materials include 61 interviews and 29 hours of observation. The dissertation contributes to the current theoretical and practical understanding in two ways: firstly, it provides an in-depth understanding of the praxis of idea development; and secondly, it identifies ways in which this understanding is hindered in organisations. Unlike the existing understanding, the findings of the dissertation highlight the inherently collaborative nature of this praxis and, further, the immediate, situational and delicate nature of this collaboration. Based on this understanding, the dissertation also indicates why it is so difficult to support idea development in organisations. It does this by identifying the back stage of innovation, which refers to the activities that take place in informal arenas, and the front stage of innovation, which includes formal arenas (including the support structures of innovation management). The results of the dissertation show that these two regions are tensioned and largely based on different ideals. The front stage includes ideals of clarity, objectivity and linearity, whereas the back stage is organised around situational, ambiguous and iterative activity. Furthermore, the front stage views informal actors as assertive idea champions, while the back stage also includes subtle means of idea advancement. en
dc.format.extent 111, [133] s.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series. DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries 74/2011 fi
dc.title Entering the back stage of innovation : tensions between the collaborative praxis of idea development and its formal staging in organisations en
dc.type G5 Artikkeliväitöskirja fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management and International Business en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-4256-5
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Organisaatiot ja johtaminen fi
dc.programme.major Organization and Management en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (artikkeli) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (article-based) en
dc.contributor.supervisor Lovio, Raimo, professor
dc.opn Garud, Raghu, professor, Pennsylvania State University, United States
dc.subject.helecon innovaatiot
dc.subject.helecon yhteistyö
dc.subject.helecon prosessit
dc.subject.helecon kehitys
dc.subject.helecon tuotekehitys
dc.subject.helecon innovation
dc.subject.helecon cooperation
dc.subject.helecon processes
dc.subject.helecon development
dc.subject.helecon product development
dc.date.defence 2011-10-07
dc.dissid 429
dc.identifier.bibid 574853

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