Technical innovation and organisational opportunity
by Elizabeth Garnsey, Stephen M. Wright
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 5, No. 3, 1990

Abstract: Organisational innovation is needed to facilitate technological innovation. This paper explores the obstacles to innovation in large organisations and argues for widespread recourse to smaller organisational units to stimulate innovation. A solution is proposed to organisational problems of promoting innovation identified in the paper; this involves the circulation of key personnel in innovation teams capable of crossing institutional barriers between large companies, academic departments and small high-technology firms. The authors' analysis of the innovation process questions whether, in the development of new technologies, pre-competitive and 'near-market' research are as distinct and separable as is assumed by those framing current funding policies. They raise the question of whether policies aimed at economies of scale in R&D may in certain cases fail to promote organisational conditions conducive to innovation.

Online publication date: Mon, 25-May-2009

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