Elements of innovative cultures

Caroline Dombrowski, Jeffrey Y. Kim, Kevin C. Desouza, Ashley Braganza, Sridhar Papagari, Peter Baloh, Sanjeev Jha

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Organizational culture is an important determinant of sustained innovativeness and financial performance. Though it is easy to appreciate the important role culture plays in making an innovation successful, it is difficult to change culture. One way of changing culture could be to identify elements of innovative culture and then imbibing the ones relevant to a given organization. In this paper, we have identified, based on past research, eight elements of organizational innovative culture: innovative mission and vision statements, democratic communication, safe spaces, flexibility, collaboration, boundary spanning, incentives, and leadership. We believe that assimilating these elements of organizational culture will enable organizations to support and sustain innovative activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-202
Number of pages13
JournalKnowledge and Process Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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