R&D Managers who want to sustain the creativity of the inventors in their departments must cope with an unexpected problem – success – according to the Management Insights feature in the January issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).
Management Insights, a regular feature of the journal, is a digest of important research in business, management, operations research, and management science. It appears in every issue of the monthly journal.
“Past Success and Creativity over Times: A Study of Inventors in the Hard Disk Drive Industry” is by Pino G. Audia of the University of California, Berkeley and Jack A. Goncalo of Cornell University.
R&D managers interested in increasing the creative output of their departments should be aware that successful inventors could become less creative over time, warn the authors.
In their study, they find that inventors who have experienced success in their efforts to patent their inventions continue to generate new patents but, over time these patents tend to be less divergent from their previous work. This finding implies that allocating more resources to the most prolific inventors may increase the productivity of their department, but it may diminish the extent to which their creative output reflects the exploration of new areas of research.
The negative effects of success on creativity can be managed, say Professors Audia and Goncalo, by encouraging inventors to collaborate with one another and by making “exploration” an explicit and desirable organizational goal.
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The Insights in the current issue are:
- Vicarious Learning in New Product Introductions in the Early Years of a Converging Market by Raji Srinivasan, Pamela Haunschild, Rajdeep Grewal
- Stable Farsighted Coalitions in Competitive Markets by Mahesh Nagarajan, Greys Sosic
- Optimal Advertising and Promotion Budgets in Dynamic Markets with Brand Equity as a Mediating Variable by S. Sriram, Manohar U. Kalwani
- Operations Systems with Discretionary Task Completion by Wallace J. Hopp, Seyed M. R. Iravani, Gigi Y. Yuen- Shipment Consolidation: Who Pays For It and How Much by Moshe Dror, Bruce C. Hartman
- Minimizing Information Loss and Preserving Privacy by Syam Menor, Sumit Sarkar
- A Good Sign for Multivariate Risk Taking by Louis Eeckhoudt, Béatrice Rey, Harris Schlesinger
- Equivalent Information for Multiobjective Interactive Procedures by Mariano Luque, Rafael Caballero, Julian Molina, Francisco Ruiz
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