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Innovation at work

Richard Normann 2016

L-R: Dr Raghu Garud, Professor Denise Lievesley, Dr Rafael Ramirez

At the Richard Normann Lecture 2016 Dr Raghu Garud, Smeal School of Business, Pennsylvania State University provided a narrative-infused design perspective on innovation at work.

Sustaining ongoing innovation is essential for the growth and survival of organizations. Whereas many scholars advocate the separation of activities associated with innovative from the rest of the organization, Dr Raghu Garud argued for their integrating into everyday work. Drawing from literatures on design and narratives, he offered a perspective on how innovation can be sustained through the cumulative synthesis of distributed yet interconnected experiments. He explored the implications of this narrative-infused design perspective, and offers avenues for future research.

Dr Raghu Garud

Dr Raghu Garud is the Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management & Organization and the Research Director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pennsylvania State University. He earned a PhD in Strategic Management and Organization from the University of Minnesota. His research explores the emergence of novelty and its adoption with a specific interest in understanding how new ideas emerge, are valued, and become institutionalized. He has written extensively on these topics offering concepts such as path creation, economies of substitution, technology entrepreneurship, bricolage as a collective process and the socio-cognitive bases for technology emergence. He is currently working on innovation at work as a way to manage in the age of disruption.