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ISSN: 1087-8572
Incorporates: The Antidote

Online from: 1975

Subject Area: Strategy

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Why the best and brightest approaches don't solve the innovation dilemma

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Title:Why the best and brightest approaches don't solve the innovation dilemma
Author(s):Steve Denning, (For this article, Stephen Denning drew on his latest book A Leader's Guide to Storytelling (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Formerly the Program Director, Knowledge Management, at the World Bank, he advises organizations world-wide on knowledge management and organizational storytelling (
Citation:Steve Denning, (2005) "Why the best and brightest approaches don't solve the innovation dilemma", Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 33 Iss: 1, pp.4 - 11
Keywords:Change management, Innovation, Organizational innovation
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/10878570510699932 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

PurposeHighlight the management dilemma disruptive innovation poses and examine what the leading management theorists have to offer as a solution.

Design/methodology/approachThe author examines six leading theories of innovation and three alternatives to disruptive innovation.

FindingsThe leading theories that try to solve the paradox of innovation don't work and the alternatives to disruptive innovation merely delay having to deal with the dilemma.

Research limitations/implicationsThe author reviewed many theoretical approaches to innovation management and selected six for commentary.

Practical implicationsThe author argues that the theorists are looking at innovation in the wrong way. Because innovation is a paradox, the solution lies in rethinking the fundamental assumptions.

Originality/valueFirst article that examines the logic behind the leading disruptive innovation theories and refutes their advice.

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