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Title: A multilevel approach to research ‘Obscure’ innovation processes and practices
Authors: Chatzakis, Emmanouil
Smith, Neil
Bohemia, Erik
Keywords: Activity theory
New product development
Analytical methods
Organisational agility
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Design Research Society
Citation: CHATZAKIS, E., SMITH, N. and BOHEMIA, E., 2016. A multilevel approach to research ‘Obscure’ innovation processes and practices. IN: Lloyd, P. and Bohemia, E. (eds). Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society, Future-Focused Thinking. 50th Anniversary Conference of the Design Research Society, 27th-30th June 2016, Brighton, 4, pp. 1883 - 1903, DOI 10.21606/drs.2016.371
Abstract: The paper’s aim is to discuss a need for a multilevel research approach to investigate innovation practices in organisations. We argue that this approach overcomes some of the limitations of the single level research methods commonly used investigating innovation performance and success. Specifically, the multilevel research approach allows researchers and subsequently organisations to take into consideration ‘obscured’ practices within innovation processes. First, we put forward a motion that innovation processes permeate the formalised organisational structures and practices. Then, we outline a case where many of the practices associated with innovation are ‘obscured’. This is followed with discussion on how the commonly used single level research methods fail to take into consideration these obscured factors. We then introduce Activity Theory and propose a multilevel framework which aims to overcome the shortfalls of the previous analytical methods.
Description: This conference paper was presented at DRS2016.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.21606/drs.2016.371
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22380
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.21606/drs.2016.371
ISSN: 2398-3132
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