The Role of Organizational Vision in Guiding Idea Generation within SME Contexts

Perkins, Graham, Lean, Jonathan and Newbery, Robert (2017) The Role of Organizational Vision in Guiding Idea Generation within SME Contexts. Creativity and Innovation Management, 26 (1). pp. 75-90. ISSN 0963-1690

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/caim.12206

Abstract

New ideas are required if our organizations are going to survive and grow. Without the ability to think differently, firms can quickly stagnate and decline. A key contributor to the success (or otherwise) of the ideation process is the extent to which organizations provide effective control mechanisms, with existing literature drawing tentative links between this and the subject of organizational vision. The aim of this paper is to explore the control of idea generation in SME contexts, examining the interaction between organizational vision and the guidance of ideation in these settings. Through in-depth qualitative research with a range of SMEs, this study shows that structure in the form of an outlining framework assists in opening a liminal space for ideation. More importantly, this paper provides empirical evidence, which demonstrates that organizational visions provide this framework by acting as a target, assisting the development of relevant ideas. Ideation, within the SME, is argued to be fundamentally subject to, and contingent upon, the direction of the organization.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 08:22
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 08:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43033

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