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Innovación Como Cambio Institucional: Una Aproximación Desde Las Teorías De La Complejidad / Innovation As Institutional Change: A Complexity Approach


  • Guia Julve, J.

    () (Universidad de Gerona (España))

  • Prats Planagumá, L.

    () (Universidad de Gerona (España))

  • Comas Trayter, J.

    () (Universidad de Gerona (España))


Uno de los temas más controvertidos dentro de la literatura sobre gestión de la innovación es el grado en que estos procesos son controlables y planificables. Esta literatura ha evolucionado desde una posición racional dentro de la cual los procesos de innovación son el resultado de decisiones racionales, intencionadas y debidamente planificadas, a una posición más evolutiva en la cual si bien no es posible controlar y gestionar el proceso directamente, si que lo es controlar el las condiciones del contexto organizativo de la innovación con objeto de incrementar el éxito del proceso. En este artículo, analizamos el proceso de innovación desde un nuevo paradigma que va más allá de los anteriores y que se fundamenta en los postulados de las teorías de la complejidad y en la asimilación de los procesos de innovación a los procesos de cambio institucional. Desde esta nueva perspectiva, se deduce que los procesos de innovación y el cambio institucional consiguiente tienen una base pragmática y, en consecuencia, el potencial para la planificación y control de los procesos de innovación se ve altamente limitado. / One of the most controverted subjects in the literature on innovation management is the extent to which these processes can be controlled and planned. This literature has evolved from a rational position in which the innovation processes are the result of rational decisions, deliberate and properly planned, to a more evolutionary approach. From this evolutionary perspective the control and management of the process is made indirectly by controlling and intervening on the organizational context of the process of innovation process. In this article, we analyze the innovation process from the perspective of a new paradigm that goes beyond the previous two. It lies on the postulates of the complexity theories and takes the processes of innovation as processes of institutional change. From this new perspective, we deduce that the processes of innovation and the consequent institutional change have a pragmatic basis, and consequently, the potential for the planning and control of the innovation processes is seen highly limited.

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  • Guia Julve, J. & Prats Planagumá, L. & Comas Trayter, J., 2009. "Innovación Como Cambio Institucional: Una Aproximación Desde Las Teorías De La Complejidad / Innovation As Institutional Change: A Complexity Approach," Investigaciones Europeas de Dirección y Economía de la Empresa (IEDEE), Academia Europea de Dirección y Economía de la Empresa (AEDEM), vol. 15(2), pages 93-104.
  • Handle: RePEc:idi:jiedee:v:15:y:2009:i:2:p:93-104

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