Handbook of Organizational and Entrepreneurial Ingenuity

Handbook of Organizational and Entrepreneurial Ingenuity

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Edited by Benson Honig, Joseph Lampel and Israel Drori

The editors of this Handbook, Benson Honig, Joseph Lampel and Israel Drori, define organizational ingenuity as ‘the ability to create innovative solutions within structural constraints using limited resources and imaginative problem solving’. They and the authors examine the dichotomy between organizational freedom and necessity in order to better understand the role of ingenuity in the success of an organization.

Chapter 13: Ingenuity research: current problems and future prospects

Israel Drori, Benson Honig and Joseph Lampel

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, organisational behaviour

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In this volume, we examine a concept of organizational ingenuity anchored in the following definition: the ability to create innovative solutions within structural constraints using limited resources and imaginative problem solving. The group of authors assembled here represent a variety of perspectives that have emerged over the course of two years beginning with the conference on organizational ingenuity at McMaster University in September 2011, subsequently during the exploration and debate of the key issues that took place during the European Group on Organizational Studies (EGOS) subtheme on ingenuity in Helsinki in 2012, and lately at a panel on 'Ingenuity and National Culture' at the Academy of Management. In this concluding chapter, we would like to take a step back and survey progress thus far with a view towards suggesting promising research issues that have not been explored in sufficient detail, but to our mind hold the promise for interesting and important findings. The current volume is the first collection of articles that deal specifically with organizational ingenuity. (A Special Issue on the same topic is planned for Organization Studies.) When it came to selecting the papers for this book we were to some extent limited by authors who were willing to join us in exploring this area. Thus, while the scholarship presented in this volume examines organizational ingenuity from a variety of perspectives, it is by no means a comprehensive survey of a research area that is still very much at a nascent stage.

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