- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Introduction: Integrating Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship to Enhance the Organization’s Capability to Navigate in the New Competitive Landscape
- Leadership and Creativity: The Mechanism Perspective
- Empowerment and Employee Creativity: A Cross-Level Integrative Model
- Rewards’ Relationship to Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurial Creativity: The Role of Learning Processes and Work Environment Supports
- An Identity Perspective on Creative Action in Organizations
- Psychological Bricolage: Integrating Social Identities to Produce Creative Solutions
- The Role of Antagonism in the Identities of Professional Artistic Workers
- Play, Flow, and Timelessness
- The Mood and Creativity Puzzle
- Does Passion Fuel Entrepreneurship and Job Creativity?: A Review and Preview of Passion Research
- Creativity in Teams: A Key Building Block for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Social Networks, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
- A Cross-Level Perspective on Creativity at Work: Person-in-Situation Interactions
- Ethics and Creativity
- A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Creativity
- Is All Creativity Created Equal?: Exploring Differences in the Creativity Processes Across the Creativity Types
- Organizing Creativity: Lessons From the Eureka! Ranch Experience
- Business Innovation Processes
- Innovating Without Information Constraints: Organizations, Communities, and Innovation When Information Costs Approach Zero
- Product-to-Platform Transitions: Organizational Identity Implications
- Business Model Innovation: Toward a Process Perspective
- Institutional Innovation: Novel, Useful, and Legitimate
- Dynamic Managerial Capabilities: A Perspective on the Relationship Between Managers, Creativity, and Innovation in Organizations
- Prigogine’s Theory of the Dynamics of Far-From-Equilibrium Systems: Application to Strategic Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizational Evolution
- Why Aren’t Entrepreneurs More Creative?: Conditions Affecting Creativity and Innovation in Entrepreneurial Activity
- Entrepreneurship as Emergence
- Corporate Entrepreneurship: Accelerating Creativity and Innovation in Organizations
- Entrepreneurial Identity and Resource Acquisition: The Role of Venture Identification
- Socioemotional Wealth: An Obstacle or a Springboard to Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Family Firms?
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses how 1977 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner Ilya Prigogine’s theoretical insights into the dynamics of far-from-equilibrium systems in the physical sciences inform the study of social systems. The insights of Prigogine and his coworkers into the inherent unpredictability of social systems, their autonomous evolution, and their time-dependent success or failure help explain path dependence in technological evolution and the view of organizational becoming. Their observations about how stochastically emerging innovations (and mutations) become incorporated into a system’s deterministic relations, and thereby allow it to continue to evolve, find a parallel in an independently developed model in strategic management. This model distinguishes between an organization’s autonomous and induced strategy processes related to internal entrepreneurship and innovation that help it match the internal and external ecological dynamics that together determine its evolution and longevity.
Keywords: dynamics, far-from-equilibrium, inherent unpredictability, autonomous evolution, time-dependent success/failure, path dependence, organizational becoming, autonomous innovation, induced innovation, internal/external ecology
Robert Burgelman is the Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management and the Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he has taught since 1981.
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