A Swarm of Innovators: Information, Leadership and Innovation
AbstractWe study the interplay between innovation, communication in an organization and leadership. Although a firm requires both strong leadership and sufficient communication in order to innovate, we posit that frequent communication - particularly amongst strong leaders and in larger firms - can lead to disagreement and innovation breakdown. Using a survey of 3000 French firms we find that, on their own, firm size, regular communication and result-oriented leadership are all positively associated with innovation. However, there is a negative relationship between successful innovation and: (i) frequent communication in larger firms; and (ii) frequent communication with result-oriented leadership.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Sydney, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011-11.
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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innovation; communication; breakdown; leadership;
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