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Collective identity and the limits of innovation: a review and research agenda

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Title: Collective identity and the limits of innovation: a review and research agenda
Authors: Kavanagh, B
Perkmann, M
Phillips, N
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In this essay, we discuss how collective identity shapes and constrains innovation in organisations and argue that this phenomenon deserves more attention from innovation scholars. Drawing on the existing literature, we distinguish three mechanisms through which a collective identity affects innovation – top management team cognition and emotion, organisational member resistance, and external stakeholder resistance – and illustrate these mechanisms by drawing on the example of symphony orchestras. Orchestras have faced shrinking audiences and significant declines in revenue for decades, yet their ability to innovate in response has been constrained by the very traditional collective identity of the ‘symphony orchestra’. We go on to argue that innovation researchers need to pay more attention to the mechanisms through which collective identity limits and shapes innovation, to investigate potential strategies that organisations can use to manage the tension between collective identity and innovation, and to better understand how collective identity can be used as a resource in innovation.
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Date of Acceptance: 10-Mar-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/78747
DOI: 10.1080/14479338.2020.1742127
ISSN: 1440-1266
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Start Page: 1
End Page: 16
Journal / Book Title: Innovation: Organization & Management
Volume: 23
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Innovation-Organization & Management on 06 Apr 2020, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14479338.2020.1742127
Keywords: Social Sciences
Business & Economics
collective identity
top management teams
collective identity; innnovation
1402 Applied Economics
1503 Business and Management
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2020-04-06
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School