What Makes an Organization Innovatively Successful?

By: Scott Kerth  

This paper explores the cognitive process and cultural influences of innovation within organizations. Utilizing qualitative methods, the study investigates innovation in organizations deemed to be innovatively successful organizations. This research contributes to the field of knowledge management by adding descriptive empirical support to the extant literature and furthering an understanding of what makes an organization innovative from the perspectives of employees in innovatively successful organizations. The cognitive processes of the individuals and the corresponding organizational cultures offer insights into how these companies excel in the area of organizational innovation. The study uses phenomenology to investigate explanations of organizational innovation, leveraging qualitative data to help in understanding the specific area of inquiry. The unique aspect of this research is it’s grounding the findings in the world of practice by means of rich description and contextual focus.

Innovation, Culture, Knowledge Management, Sense-making, Connectedness
Knowledge Management
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Scott Kerth

Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership, Lewis University, United States
IL, United States

I reside in the Chicago area after having lived and worked in Asia and Europe for 12+ years setting up international operations in different cultural environments. My home life is also multicultural with a European wife and multilingual kids who spend parts of most summers visiting relatives in Europe. While working in healthcare back in the US I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Organization Development and I am now an Assistant Professor in Lewis Univerity's Organizational Leadership department. Besides Innovation and Leadership, I am also interested in using Improv for business improvement and multiculturalism's impact on business and the classroom.