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John Storey & Graeme Salaman

Managers of innovation
Insights into making innovation happen

208 pp. 
October 2004
Blackwell Publishing
ISBN  1-4051-2462-8 (hardback) £44.00
ISBN  1-4051-2461-x (paperback) £20.00


Innovation is increasingly identified as the critical factor in ensuring economic competitiveness. Departments of state and quasi-governmental organizations in many countries including, Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, have issued reports and calls to action; but implementation will continue to be problematic unless the points made in this book are taken into account.

Drawing on 350 in-depth interviews with senior managers, the book presents an original theory about the characteristics of managers in “good innovative organizations” and “poor innovative organizations”. It pays close attention to the attitudes, understandings, assumptions and interpretations of managers, who are often the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to innovation. The text is supported by real-life, internationally-known cases such as Hewlett-Packard, Zeneca and the BBC, as well as voluntary sector cases such as Oxfam. It is also enriched by substantial and highly revealing quotations from senior managers themselves.

Part I: Introduction:
1. Innovation: Problems and Possibilities 
2. The Current State of Knowledge about Innovation
Part II: Managers' Accounts of Innovation: 
3. From Tight Control to the Edge of Anarchy: Managing Innovation in Telecommunications 
4. Managing Creative Workers in an Innovative Way
5. Contrasting Approaches to Innovation in Engineered Manufactured Goods
6. Innovation in the Voluntary Sector
Part III: Synthesis:
7. Conclusions
Appendix: Research Methods

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Editor: Sabine Manning
First set up: 14/09/2004
Latest update: 14/09/2004