QUT ePrints

Exploring How Resource Allocation Routines Inhibit the Pursuit of Disruptive Innovations as a Route to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Thomond, Peter N. & Lettice, Fiona (2006) Exploring How Resource Allocation Routines Inhibit the Pursuit of Disruptive Innovations as a Route to Corporate Entrepreneurship. In AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Auckland, NZ. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Given the corporate pursuit of discontinuous and breakthrough change, we work to deconstruct and shed understanding on managers’ failure to formally allocate resources to entrepreneurial activities that seek to deliver disruptive innovations. Using an interpretivist approach with field data from two primary and four secondary cases, we show that managers’ failure to recognise the restrictive impact of their mental models – their implicitly held images and beliefs – regarding the goals of innovation and organisational development will lead them to reject opportunities with disruptive potential. We design and implement a graphical Portfolio Management intervention to expose and overcome these maladaptive behaviours and find that managers employ up to five different ‘disruptive innovation rejection strategies’ when innovation opportunities are incongruent with dominant mental models. The rejection strategies are observed to be driven by the psychologically uncomfortable emergence of ‘cognitive dissonance’. We further ground the data in the often neglected literature from social psychology’s cognitive dissonance theory to generate implications for business leaders, instigating an innovative stream of research for those interested in further enhancing our understanding of the entrepreneurial pursuit of disruptive innovations.

Impact and interest:

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

494 since deposited on 28 Mar 2007
45 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 6659
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For further information please contact the author Pete Thomond on p.thomond@qut.edu.au
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Peter Thomond, discontinuous innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, cognitvite dissonance
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:50

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page