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CRAFiC Research Seminar: Managing the complexities of innovation: the role...

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Sheffield University Management School

Conduit Road

Sheffield

S10 1FL

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This research seminar is hosted by the Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC) at Sheffield University Management School

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Professor Robert Scapens, University of Birmingham / University of Manchester.

Abstract

To explore the role played by management controls in managing the complexities of innovation the paper draws on the case of a knowledge intensive firm operating in the internet sector which is facing the complexities involved in highly innovative processes. We show that different management controls, despite not being designed to work together as a system, may come to work together in practice, to enable individuals to generate paradoxes and thereby make sense of the complexities in a productive way. They do so in three ways. They keep opposing elements in recognizable proximity (in a ‘holistic duality’), so that they can be perceived as opposing by the individuals involved; they allow these elements to mutually transform into each other (in a ‘dynamic duality’); and they produce innovation as a result of their opposition (in a ‘dialectical duality’). While different controls are needed to enable individuals to recognize the opposing elements, we demonstrate that the controls cannot work alone in the management of complexities. Additional mechanisms and other information (eg. customer relationships and projects’ innovative potential) can provide the circumstances in which the different controls work together as a package to produce innovation because of the struggle between opposing demands. In such circumstances, and in contrast to a pre-designed system, the separate controls come to work as a package in temporary and fluid ways in managing the complexities of innovation.


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  • 12.30 - 13.00 A light lunch will be served in the Courtyard Cafe (soft seating area)
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Seminar with Q&A in Meeting Room 3

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Sheffield University Management School

Conduit Road

Sheffield

S10 1FL

United Kingdom

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