A long way home: How a corporate innovation community overcomes its political boundaries

Christiane Rau, Agnes Schipanski, Anne-Katrin Neyer

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Abstract

This article focuses on the still understudied link among political boundaries and innovation practices and its inherent boundary-crossing mechanisms in corporate innovation communi-ties. Our single case study at the sports company adidas derives two particular combinations of boundaries and boundary-crossing mechanisms to overcome political boundaries in corpo-rate innovation communities. These are the ‘open-closed (minded) boundaries’ and ‘every-body-is-an-innovator boundaries’. They have been addressed with distinct innovation practic-es that comprise the boundary-crossing mechanisms ‘reframe interests’ and ‘negotiate inter-ests’. Our findings have implications for the organizational anchoring of innovation practices given its importance as enabler or barrier to overcome political boundaries in corporate inno-vation communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (EURAM): EURAM Proceedings European Academy of Management
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEuropean Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 26 Jun 201329 Jun 2013

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) 2013
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period26.06.201329.06.2013

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