University of Hertfordshire

Innovation Management: a subjective process

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)209-224
JournalInternational Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy
Journal publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007


This research article explores the role of subjectivity in innovation management, by discussing the important impact that group symbolic interpretation has on their interpretative systems, and the relationship this has on group collective actions. This article presents initial research findings that support the positive contribution that cognitively mapping groups' sensemaking and understanding of relationships between their symbolic interpretation of organisational events, and innovative outcomes, and their subsequent collective actions, can have. The article concludes by discussing the implications for future innovation management in uncertain and ambiguous environments, and particularly the role that the development and mapping of this innovation and learning process framework can have on groups' cognitive and affective commitment to cross-functional product innovation activities. This has significant implications for senior management, and the nature, and role, of project-based innovators for future New Product Developments (NPDs).

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