Innovation and the self-reinforcing circlePublished: 2016
An exploration of the dominant academic management discourse of innovation.
Authors: Beata Segercrantz Helsinki University, KE Sveiby Hanken School of Economics, Karin Berglund Stockholm university
The analysis shows that the dominant academic management discourse energizes an accelerating, self-reinforcing circle, which focuses on creating organizational benefits while only hinting at the destructive effects. Such effects propagate through organizations/society, sometimes re-creating what was positive in one context as undesirable consequences in another.
The paper provides a research framework that interconnects competing discourses of innovation by broadening the scope to include the societal systemic and destructive effects of the self-reinforcing circle.