Where are we with? A dialectical theory on innovation

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Innovation, the development of new and useful ideas by individuals, teams, and organizations, lies at the heart of human adaptation.
Research produced a wealth of knowledge about how innovation emerges. This literature leads to one overwhelming summary: Innovation is paradoxical. As a step toward developing an integrative theory, we applied in 2009 a dialectic perspective to innovation to overcome limitations of dichotomous reasoning
and to gain a more valid account (Bledow et al., 2009). We would like to give an idea of where we are with this kind of theory. We point out that individuals, teams, and organizations need to self-regulate and manage conflicting
demands of innovation and that multiple pathways can lead to idea generation and innovation. Central to our theorizing at this moment are affective shift models and ambidextrous leadership for innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract proceedings of the 16th EAWOP Congress 2013 : Imagine the future world: How do we want to work tomorrow?
EditorsGuido Hertel, Carmen Binnewies, Stefan Krumm, Heinz Holling, Martin Kleinmann
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationMünster
PublisherMünstersche Informations ‐ und Archivsystem multimedialer Inhalte
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event16th congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology - EAWOP 2013 - Münster, Germany
Duration: 22.05.201325.05.2013
Conference number: 16