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Leading Innovation through Collaboration

Innovation through Collaboration

ISBN: 978-0-76231-331-0, eISBN: 978-1-84950-430-0

Publication date: 16 October 2006


This chapter explores the unique role of leadership in organizational innovation. Drawing from the investment theory of creativity (Sternberg & Lubart, 1995), we show that organizational innovation begins with a leadership decision. Based on a review of the creativity, organizational, and leadership literatures, the key components of organizational innovation are examined from individual, group, and organization-wide perspectives. Leading innovation is conceptualized as a special case of leading organizational change, which requires creative leadership skills applied to social systems. Establishing an organizational environment that supports innovation in the current market environment increases systemic paradoxes that must be managed by leaders. We conclude that leading innovation increases the creative demand on the leadership system, which requires leaders who have a developed understanding of the process of innovation and its environmental requirements.


Matthew, C.T. and Sternberg, R.J. (2006), "Leading Innovation through Collaboration", Beyerlein, M.M., Beyerlein, S.T. and Kennedy, F.A. (Ed.) Innovation through Collaboration (Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 27-52.



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