I&E Conversation 2016: Organizing for Innovation

by Fergus BurnettDate: 9-10 June 2016

Venue: The Royal Society, Carlton Terrace, London

Organizing committee: Paola CriscuoloAnne ter Wal and Ileana Stigliani

Find out more about the conference with our feature article on the Intelligence Hub.

The theme of this year’s conversation was “Organizing for innovation”. How firms can best organize themselves to achieve innovation is a question at the very core of innovation management research. At this two-day workshop we showcased early stage work and submitted papers that approach this question from  a variety of different angles and at different levels of analysis. Approaches include the individual level, considering how firms manage their R&D staff to best harness their creativity, the firm-level looking at how firms organize their knowledge sourcing activities to leverage both internal and external expertise, and the institutional and field level with the institutional constraints and enablers of innovation.

13 papers were presented in six thematic sessions, held at the Royal Society for researchers at different stages of their career, from early-career Faculty to Professors. The format involved individual paper presentation followed by detailed analysis by assigned discussants and audience Q&A.

‘The setting of the Royal Society, as one participant pointed out, was a wonderful environment to engage in a high-level scholarly exchange, where the academic peer-review system was conceived, and to share in the history of an organisation that includes Captain Cook and Isaac Newton. The annual Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conversation is fast establishing itself as key event’ in the department’s dissemination calendar and plans for 2017 will appear here in due course.

Day 1: 9 June 2016

Session 1: Learning from Failure

  • Rahul Kapoor, Progress and Setbacks: The Two Faces of Technology Emergence (Discussant: Yuri Mishina)
  • Erwin Danneels, Learning From Failure and Firm Innovativeness (Discussant: Elena Novelli)
Session 2: Corporate Structure and Individual Innovativeness

  • Bart Clarysse, Paper Title TBC (Discussant: Jan-Michael Ross)
  • Massimo Maoret, On Core-Periphery Effects of Formal Structure and Informal Networks on Employees’ Innovativeness (Discussant: Anne ter Wal)
Session 3: Creativity in Teams

  • Sarah Harvey, The Dynamic Process of Accepting Novelty in Teams (Discussant: Kristina Dahlin)
  • Dirk Deichmann, I Can Do That Alone! How Overconfidence Makes Idea Generators Mistakenly Drop a Successful  Team (Discussant: Paola Criscuolo)
Session 4: Cognition and Change

  • Lucy Gilson, Creativity in multicultural teams: the arc of team cultural metacognition (Discussant: Julien Jourdan)
  • Stefano Brusoni, Cognitive Flexibility and Adaptive Decision-Making: Evidence from a Laboratory Study of Expert Decision-Makers, (Discussant: Zeynep Gurguc)

Day 2: 10 June 2016

Session 5: Building Meaning in Creative Contexts

  • Micki Eisenmann, Any Colour So Long as it’s Black: The Institutionalisation of Aesthetic Design in the PC Industry (Discussant: Markus Perkmann)
  • Candace Jones, Building Meaning: The Microfoundations of Meaning of Collective Identity Construction by Architects, Critics and Community (Discussant: Davide Ravasi)
  • Ileana Stigliani, One Label, Many Meanings: A Study of Label Meaning and Identity Formation in an Emerging Industry (Discussant: Candace Jones)
Session 6: Networks and Influence

  • Simone Ferriani, The Social Determinants of Recognition: The Interplay between Status and Social Ties in Peer Audience Evaluations (Discussant: Lars Frederiksen)
  • Paola Criscuolo / Anne ter Wal, A Division of Network Ties? The Regular Equivalence of Second-Order Social Capital and its Influence on Innovation Outcomes (Discussant: Vibha Gaba)