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Learning barriers in continuous product innovation

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by J Gieskes, Paul HylandPaul Hyland
In today's dynamic and turbulent environment companies are required to increase their effectiveness and efficiency, exploit synergy and learn product innovation processes in order to build competitive advantage. To be able to stimulate and facilitate learning in product innovation, it is necessary to gain an insight into factors that hinder learning and to design effective intervention strategies that may help remove barriers to learning. This article reports on learning barriers identified by product innovation managers in over 70 companies in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia. The results show that the majority of the barriers identified can be labelled as organisational defensive routines leading to a chain of behaviours; lack of resources leads to under appreciation of the value of valid information, absence of informed choice and lack of personal responsibility. An intervention theory is required which enables individuals and organisations to interrupt defensive patterns in ways that prevents them from recurring.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

26

Issue

8

Start Page

857

End Page

870

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1741-5276

ISSN

0267-5730

Location

Geneva Switzerland

Publisher

Inderscience Enterprises Ltd

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Business and Law; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of technology management.