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Arnoud De Meyer

In: Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom

Chapter 16: Strategic Epistemology—Innovation and Organizational Wisdom

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Strategic Epistemology—Innovation and Organizational Wisdom
Strategic epistemology—innovation and organizational wisdom

hat do innovation and organizational wisdom have to do with each other? What is the nature of the relationship between them? It would be simple to argue that innovation is the direct result of the careful and wise generation of, reflection on, and application of what the organization knows. But I argue in this chapter that the relationship is more complex than such a linear sequence from wisdom to innovative application. To explore this complex relationship, we need to start with an operational definition of both innovation and organizational wisdom.

In this chapter, innovation is defined as the economically successful introduction of a new technology or a new combination of existing technologies to create a drastic change ...

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