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date: 21 October 2019

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The effectiveness of innovation processes depends fundamentally on the organizational context in which they take place; in other words, to be effective, innovation processes must be correctly ‘organized’. This chapter discusses how and why considerations of the organizational context are important for innovation and examines aspects of organizations that have been identified in the broader Organization and Management Theory (OMT) literature as being of particular importance when thinking about innovation management. It begins by focusing on three streams of literature—culture, leadership, and team dynamics—that already include a concern for innovation and discusses their role in innovation management. In addition, three areas of research in OMT will be discussed that have particular promise for advancing understanding of innovation management—institutional theory, theories of practice adoption, and organizational identity theory—but that have yet to be systemically connected to innovation.

Keywords: Innovation, organization, culture, leadership, institutional theory, organisational identity, practice adoption

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