Reflexivity and flexibility: Complementary routes to innovation?

Farnese, Maria Luisa, Fida, Roberta ORCID: and Livi, Stefano (2016) Reflexivity and flexibility: Complementary routes to innovation? Journal of Management & Organization, 22 (03). pp. 404-419. ISSN 1833-3672

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Flexibility and reflexivity are essential processes for organisational innovation. The aim of the paper is to investigate their concurrent and interactive contribution in enhancing two innovation outcomes (the organisational openness towards innovation and the actual innovation adoption). Participants were 357 Italian employees. Results of a hierarchical regression model showed the role of both factors in fostering the two innovation outcomes under study. In addition, results showed the complementary interaction of reflexivity and flexibility, outlining two possible routes to innovation. Specifically, reflexivity appears to be a generative learning process capable of encouraging innovation in low-flexibility conditions, whereas flexibility tends to encourage innovation in low-reflexivity conditions. The findings provide empirical support of their roles as complementary resources for innovation, which has been under-examined in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reflexivity,flexibility,innovation,organisational,learning,interaction
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 12:07
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 05:35
DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2015.42


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