An evolutionary perspective on managing the ephemeral architecture of organisational creativity

DOBSON, Stephen and BRESLIN, Dermot (2013). An evolutionary perspective on managing the ephemeral architecture of organisational creativity. International Journal of Business Environment, 5 (4), 413-429.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJBE.2013.052088
Link to published version:: 10.1504/IJBE.2013.052088

Abstract

Information is widely acknowledged as a primary resource for the 21st century organisation. Strategies for managing information - its acquisition, communication, use, storage, retrieval and architecture - have gained much attention in literature and practice. We argue here that adaptability, primarily through creative innovation, is emerging as an equally critical resource ensuring organisational survival and expansion. However, mapping the processes and human activity systems which form this altogether more ephemeral architecture is a more problematic area of management. Here we principally draw upon evolutionary approaches as a useful means to further enrich the theory of 'soft' systems. In doing so we aim to provide a viewpoint from which to conceptualise the tacit complexity of organisational innovation as a human activity system supporting the transformation and evolution of ideas.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Identification Number: 10.1504/IJBE.2013.052088
Depositing User: Stephen Dobson
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 14:14
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 14:47
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6800

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