The Sources of Management Innovation: When Firms Introduce New Management Practices

Michael J. Mol, Julian Birkinshaw

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Management innovation is the introduction of management practices new to the firm and intended to enhance firm performance. Building on the organizational reference group literature, this article shows that management innovation is a consequence of a firm's internal context and of the external search for new knowledge. Furthermore the article demonstrates a trade-off between context and search, in that there is a negative effect on management innovation associated with their joint occurrence. Finally the article shows that management innovation is positively associated with firm performance in the form of subsequent productivity growth.
TidsskriftJournal of Business Research
Udgave nummer12
Sider (fra-til)1269-1280
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2009
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • Performance
  • Knowledge Sources
  • Management innovation
  • Management Practices