Learning by Example: Imitation and Innovation at a Global by David Strang

By David Strang

In enterprise, as in different features of lifestyles, we examine and develop from the examples set by means of others. Imitation may end up in innovation. yet as a way to develop innovatively, how do companies come to a decision what agencies to mimic? and the way do they decide upon what practices to stick with? Learning by means of Example takes an unparalleled examine the benchmarking initiative of a huge bank. David Strang heavily follows twenty-one groups of managers despatched out to watch the practices of alternative businesses which will boost innovations for swap of their personal organization.

via large interviews, surveys, and archival fabrics, Strang unearths that benchmarking promotes a particular managerial regime with capability merits and pitfalls. He explores the firms handled as types of top perform, the networks that encompass a financial institution and shape its reference team, the methods managers craft demands switch, and the courses applied within the wake of vicarious studying. Strang unearths that imitation doesn't happen via senseless conformity. as an alternative, managers act creatively, combining what they see in exterior website visits with their bank's strategic targets, interpreted in gentle in their realizing of rational and innovative management.

Learning via Example opens the black field of interorganizational diffusion to teach how managers interpret, recommend, and enforce innovations.

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