Reflections on “The Sources of Management Innovation” Mol & Birkinshaw, 2009

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In this retrospective, I consider what has driven interest in a previously published article, in relation to more recent developments in the literature on management innovation, the creation, and implementation of new management practices. I suggest that this form of innovation had previously not received enough attention and that the first-time use of both the Community Innovation Survey, as a data source, and the behavioral theory of the firm, to theoretically underpin our understanding of management innovation, created further interest in this work. I then put forward two important recent developments. First, there have been attempts to bridge innovation processes in management practices with processes of diffusion of management practices. Second, a wider variety of research methods have come into play to study management innovations. I conclude there is substantial room for further work in this exciting area, for
instance by looking at management innovation in emerging markets.
Translated title of the contribution对“管理创新的源泉”的思考 Mol & Birkinshaw, 2009
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)278-281
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Management innovation
  • Retrospective
  • Behavioral theory of the firm
  • Creation
  • Implementation

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