A long way home: How an intra-organizational innovation network overcomes its political boundaries
C. Rau, A. Neyer, A. Schipanski, F. Schweitzer - A long way home: How an intra-organizational innovation network overcomes its political boundaries - Management Revue, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2016, pp. 139-159
This article focuses on the still understudi
ed link among political boundaries and in-
novation practices and its inherent boundary-crossing mechanisms in intra-
organizational innovation networks. Our single case study at the sports company adid-
as derives two particular combinations of boundaries and boundary-crossing mecha-
nisms to overcome political boundaries in intra-organizational innovation networks.
These are the ‘open-closed (minded) boundaries’ and ‘everybody-is-an-innovator
boundaries’. They have been addressed with distinct innovation practices that com-
prise the boundary-crossing mechanisms ‘reframe interests’ and ‘negotiate interests’.
We find that these boundary-crossing mechanisms to be crucial in the process of
managing the intra-organizational innovation network. Our findings have implications
for the organizational anchoring of innovation practices given its importance as ena-
bler or barrier to overcome political boundaries in intra-organizational innovation