Organizational Innovation

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Organisational Innovation Introduction Organizations need flexibility but they also need a strong structure to put them in the best possible position to succeed. But what are the best strategies for a company when it wishes to change its culture from simply being efficient to one that is also innovative? This paper references scholarly articles that address that question and other issues surrounding the need for organizations to use innovation to succeed. The Literature on Organisational Innovation An article in the Journal of Business Studies Quarterly explains how leaders can help their employees become innovative while retaining their efficiency. First of all the authors point out that in order to move an organisation from one that is well-ordered to one that is more flexible and innovative, the leaders must recognize "…each employee as a productive member of society," and the leader or manager must "…care more for employees" than his or her own "prestige" (Urhuogo, 2011, p. 80). Secondly, the leaders of an organisation must be skilled at "…lifting employees where they stand" (Urhuogo, 80). This concept (lifting employees where they stand) originated in Germany, according to the authors. A group of people in Darmstadt, Germany, were asked to move a grand piano into a cultural hall. It was a very heavy piano, and attempts to move it were not successful. One individual told the group to "…stand close together and lift where each stood," and in no time the piano
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