Title: The epistemological character of isomorphism in the generation of innovation

Authors: Sued Santos Rocha De Souza; Flávio De São Pedro Filho; Maria José Aguilar Madeira; Inon Beydha Lukman

Addresses: Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR), BR 364, Km 9,5, Porto Velho, Rondônia, CEP 76801-059, Brazil ' University of Beira Interior, Convento de Sto António, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal ' University of Beira Interior, Convento de Sto António, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal ' University of Sumatera Utara, Jalan Dr. T. Mansur No. 9, Kampus Padang Bulan, Medan, 20155, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

Abstract: This paper presents as its main objective an analysis of the epistemological nature of isomorphism in the generation of innovation in organisations. The present research observed current contents such as analyses of design thinking and isomorphism, with their intra-organisational interactions. It concludes that isomorphism is a frequent practice of managers in organisations who seek to copy structures or actions in order to obtain greater visibility and competitiveness in a specific organisational field. However, innovation is also a prominent way of distinguishing a product for the sake of market competitiveness; as a theoretical contribution it is an excellent form of organisational change, in that it exposes selectively the conceptual proposals of several contributors, focusing on creative modelling for new solutions through design and planning. This study includes diagrams, charts and other elements to meet predictable expectations. They are intended to benefit researchers and other scholars of innovation, in light of the relevance and coverage of this theme.

Keywords: design thinking; innovation; isomorphism; institutional theory.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2018.091092

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2018 Vol.23 No.3, pp.339 - 352

Received: 22 Dec 2016
Accepted: 24 Mar 2017

Published online: 30 Jan 2018 *

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