ssrn-id796209 - Modeling the Role of A Manager to Motivate...

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Modeling the Role of A Manager to Motivate and Foster Innovator for Organizational Self-Renewal: A Theoretical Framework Authored by: Sukumar RayChaudhuri, Principal, University Institute of Technology, Burdwan University, INDIA. [email protected] , [email protected]
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ABSTRACT 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. KEY WORDS Innovator, Innovation, creativity, Leadership, organizational self-renewal, Corporate strategy, organizational behavior. INTRODUCTION 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 et al .). 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, 2004). 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
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thrown by the market.
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