“A brilliant and comprehensive introduction to the most seminal component of leadership: wisdom. The diversity of the readings and wisdom of the authors make this a most original and valuable addition to the management canon.”—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader“This wonderful compilation proves that management is as much art as science, and that deep thinking can inform and inspire practice to be more humane, ethical, and, yes, wise.”—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and best-selling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End“If you'll forgive a pun, this is a wise book about organizational and managerial wisdom. It shows what's possible when some of our best thinkers turn their collective attention to such timely subjects as EQ, negotiation, global politics, and individual and organizational ethics.”—Steve Kerr, Chief Learning Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Past President of the Academy of Management“One of the ‘most promising’ forthcoming management books.”—EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENTOrganizes wisdom around the five primary philosophical branches—logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysicsApplies wisdom in organizations and management through international examples that synthesize a set of practical principles for academics and practicing managersOffers an outstanding collection of world-renowned scholars who give profound insights regarding wisdom
Chapter 16: 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 ...