Leveraging Resistance to Change and the Skunk Works Model of Innovation

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dc.contributor.author Fosfuri, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Rønde, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-27T09:44:04Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-27T09:44:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2009, v. 72, nº 1, pp. 274-289
dc.identifier.issn 0167-2681
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/6644
dc.description.abstract We study a situation in which an R&D department promotes the introduction of an innovation that results in costly re-adjustments for production workers. In response, the production department tries to resist change by improving the existing technology. Resistance to change triggers competition between departments, which, in turn, spurs effort. We show that firms balancing the strengths of the two departments perform better. As a negative effect, resistance to change might distort the R&D department’s effort away from radical innovations. The firm can solve this problem by implementing the so-called skunk works model of innovation where the R&D department is isolated from the rest of the organization. Several implications for managing resistance to change and for the optimal design of R&D activities are derived.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.rights ©Elsevier
dc.subject.other Resistance to change
dc.subject.other Innovation
dc.subject.other Skunk works model
dc.subject.other Contest
dc.title Leveraging Resistance to Change and the Skunk Works Model of Innovation
dc.type article
dc.type.review PeerReviewed
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2009.05.008
dc.subject.jel L2
dc.subject.jel M12
dc.subject.jel M54
dc.subject.jel O31
dc.subject.jel O32
dc.subject.eciencia Empresa
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.05.008
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 274
dc.identifier.publicationissue 1
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 289
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 72
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