To survive in the environment of severe competition, an organization depends on innovation.
Creative and innovative ideas in the multiple areas of operation from organizational strategy to
product conceptualization, design, development, manufacturing and even marketing initiated by
innovators are the genesis or centre of gravity of the process of innovation comprising of
identification, acquisition and diffusion of knowledge. Innovators may exist at all levels of
organizational hierarchy. Appropriate role played by the superior managers towards the innovators
and the process of innovation leads the self-renewal of that organization. The process of
identification of individual innovators and motivate them to be productive in a team is very much
critical for an organization's success in the market. The manager responsible for motivating and
fostering the innovators has to keep one of his eyes open to the objective, mission and goals of the
organization and the other exploring the needs of the innovators. An innovator should resonate with
zeal in phase with the business strategy of the organization. A mathematical model based on the
concepts from Physics has been proposed to get a clear insight of the ideal role that a manager
should play in his relationship with individual innovator.
Innovator, Innovation, creativity, Leadership, organizational self-renewal, Corporate
strategy, organizational behavior.
The way organization responds to changing environmental conditions and ever changing
complexity can be considered as a barometer of the state of affairs in the organization and its
probability of success in the marketplace. A lot of transformation has taken place in the business
environment due to tremendous decrease
in hardware cost associated with the use of Internet to set
up corporate networks at an extremely lower cost (Duncan, 1997; Brynjolffson and Mendelson,
1997; Gulati, Sawhney, and Paoni, 2002 ) and lastly the shift of computing technology from their
traditional role in the back office to supporting the day to day activities of line workers and
managers, particularly those involved in knowledge work (Brynjolfsson and Hitt, 1998, Gulati
The complexity and turbulence of the business environment induces an organization to strive
for self-renewal exercise and diffusion of knowledge (Hamel and Prahalad, 2002; Hamel and Getz,
While innovation is considered to be the fountain of knowledge and in general is related to
success (Baldwin et al. 1994; Nelson, 1993; Mowery and Rosenberg, 1989; Utterback et al., 1988),
major role of the actor in this direction is played by the innovators.
They build the difference
between the success and failure of an organizational effort to renew itself against the challenges