A discourse analysis of innovation in academic management literature

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Segercrantz , B U , Sveiby , K-E & Berglund , K 2017 , A discourse analysis of innovation in academic management literature . in B Godin & D Vinck (eds) , Critical studies of innovation : Alternative approaches to the pro-innovation bias . First edn , Edward Edgar , Cheltenham, UK , pp. 276-295 . https://doi.org/10.4337/9781785367229.00025

Title: A discourse analysis of innovation in academic management literature
Author: Segercrantz, Beata Ulrica; Sveiby, Karl-Erik; Berglund, Karin
Other contributor: Godin, Benoit
Vinck, Dominique
Contributor organization: Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Publisher: Edward Edgar
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Critical studies of innovation
ISBN: 9781785366963
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781785367229.00025
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/310858
Abstract: The chapter explores the academic management discourse of innovation in high impact articles. Innovation is approached as a discursive terrain where discourses compete to ascribe meanings to innovation. The study shows that innovation is mainly constructed as a positive concept in management literature and the chapter broadens the scope by analysing and problematizing the academic management discourse of innovation. More specifically, the analysis shows that management research of innovation is self-referential; it primarily focuses on benefits for the innovating organization by promoting accelerated innovation, effective self-preservation practices and a faith in the good result of innovation. What is constructed here is a potential self-reinforcing circle driving organizations to innovate faster and faster. The authors argue that research needs to acknowledge and explore what innovation leads to beyond the immediate economic interests of organizations. This would help scholars to identify blind spots, and to invite research which rejects the pro-innovation bias in order to extend research agendas to also include undesirable effects of innovation and possibilities to reduce them.
Subject: 512 Business and Management
pro-innovation bias
discourse analysis
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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