Den innovative medarbejder

Kamilla Viuff Nielsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This century, innovation has taken the world by storm and our most traditional ways of working out business strategies, processes and productions and the way we look at these have been changed drastically. In many organisations, innovation has been incorporated in the internal and external core of the organisation and most of its different processes. If you look up the definition of innovation, you will find that it is characterised as an idea that in creative new ways can reform and develop the already existing process, product or organisational form. Innovation is therefore a wide concept, but through time and today, we as individuals, community, and society found innovation as a way of fixing the challenges we were facing. We articulated innovation and gave it meaning through our needs, to find a solution. In organisations innovation is incorporated in the strategies and processes to ensure, that the products are fully updated and developed to compete on the market. My motivation for this thesis, is driven by the presumption that the language and articulation of innovation in organisations creates a subjectivity that sets the position as the innovative employee. The language sets the expectations of skills, potential, and qualities the employee should possess. This means that the terms of possibility are set for the innovative employees, and therefore gives no room for further innovation of the innovative employee. This is what my problem definition “Innovation of the innovative employee” is based off of. As my problem definition established, the best method to examine this would be by using Foucault and his discourses, which focuses on ways of thinking and produce meaning but also his ways of understanding power. I used his notion discourses, disciplinary power, panopticon, govern-mentality, pastoral power and subjectivity to show how the language through the articulation created a permanent way of seeing the innovative employee and by that categorises the potential and terms of possibility for the innovative employee. The thesis looked closer at the categorisation from 1973-2008 to establish how the innovative employee through time was articulated. To showcase the innovative employee today I used Novo Nordisk and their articulation of the innovative employees and their terms of possibility and potential. This thesis will therefore be a contribution to the organisations, to start innovating on the innovative employees. I base this contribution on the fact that the language creates a permanent subjectivity “the innovative employee” where the terms of possibilities and potentials are set, and therefore does not give the employee the tools to innovate themselves. This thesis will be a contribution to organisations to remember their innovative employees and give them the opportunity to develop themselves.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2019
Number of pages74
SupervisorsNiels Thyge Thygesen