Title: The concept of newness
Authors: Debabrata Chattopadhyay, B.N. Srivastava
Addresses: Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Diamond Harbour Road, P.O. Joka, Calcutta – 700 104, India. ' Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Diamond Harbour Road, P.O. Joka, Calcutta – 700 104, India
Abstract: In this paper, we argue that it is necessary to have a philosophical understanding of the concept of newness if we are to make sense of a wide range of organisational phenomena. Drawing chiefly on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, we argue that newness, as a quality, is rooted in our knowledge of the world. This knowledge is part of a structure of names of all things in the world – the part that is of consequence to our existence. Newness exists as long as a name is outside this part of the structure.
Keywords: newness; innovation; change; knowledge; practice; Heidegger; management philosophy.
International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 2007 Vol.2 No.3, pp.240 - 245
Published online: 30 Aug 2007 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article