Factors influencing knowledge creation and innovation in an organisation

  • Merx-Chermin M
  • Nijhof W
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence the innovative power of organisations. The concept of innovation and innovative power was examined by analysing the relationship between the construct of the learning organisation, knowledge organisation and innovative organisation, and has resulted in an innovation process model. This model consists of three processes: knowledge creation, innovation and learning to learn. The factors that might influence this cycle are: added value for stakeholders, leadership, climate, structure and strategic alignment. This is an exploratory study that was conducted at Oce Technologies in The Netherlands.The case study consisted of a qualitative and a quantitative stage and comprised a selection of two innovation projects separated in time. The purpose of the first phase was to collect information about the innovation spiral, through interviews with members of three divisions in each innovation process.

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  • Critical thinking
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge management
  • Learning organizations
  • The Netherlands

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Authors

  • Mireille Merx-Chermin

  • Wim J. Nijhof

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