Innovation Processes in the Social Space of the Organization

Katarzyna Szczepańska-Woszczyna and Zdzisława Dacko-Pikiewicz (Editors)
Department of Management, University of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives
BISAC: BUS041000

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Schumpeter’s concept of innovation was the starting point for further study, reflections and analyses on the importance of innovation in the economy.
Nowadays, research into innovation captures several significant aspects of innovation: it includes both internally conceived and externally adopted innovation (‘production or adoption’); innovation is stressed as more than a creative process, by including application (‘exploitation’); intended (‘value-added’) benefits are highlighted at one or more levels of analysis; the possibility that innovation may refer to the relative, as opposed to absolute, novelty of an innovation is assumed (an innovation may be common practice in some organizations but it would still be considered as such if it is new to the unit under research); and attention is drawn to the two roles of innovation (a process and an outcome).
The creation and management of innovation has many dimensions that spread to all levels and dimensions of the organization. The conditions that lead to innovation are a combination of processes in an organization that result from internal and external dynamics. Innovation is not only an economic mechanism or a technical process. It is primarily a social phenomenon, the result of various interactions and relationships between individuals; to be implemented, it must obtain public approval as it changes paradigms, both in ways of thinking, production, organization and management, as well as in consumption.
The process of innovation is the implementation of innovation in the social system of organization that has specific conditions both at the organizational level (e.g., organizational culture or structure), group level (including the leadership style) and individual level (including creativity, knowledge, competencies, personality, and learning). Innovation management at various levels of the organization, the effective harmonization of innovation process management and innovation management from different levels of decision-making will create a synergy effect. It is therefore necessary to take into account the complexity of the research subject and include the actual problems resulting from the needs of multi-level innovation management and respect for the diversity of its conditions in the research.
The issues addressed in this book are:
– identifying key trends in the theory and practice of innovation management
– defining key ontological beings and their use in innovation management
– presenting the new dimensions of innovation management as seen through the eyes of the international authors of individual chapters
– the possibility of applying solutions to problems addressed in this monograph

The editors and authors hope that the presented combination of theory and practice will satisfy the needs of readers, in particular managers of modern companies, business

Preface

Chapter 1. Innovation as an Impetus to Change in Organization Management
(Anna Francik, Katarzyna Szczepañska-Woszczyna and Zdzis³awa Dacko-Pikiewicz, Department of Management, WSB University, Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland, and others)

Chapter 2. Determinants of Innovative Development
(Zbigniew Jan Makie³a, Department of Organisation and Management, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland)

Chapter 3. Determinants of Innovative Activities of Enterprises
(Anna Wolak-Tuzimek, Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences, Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities, Radom, Poland)

Chapter 4. The Organizational Factors of the Innovativeness of Enterprises in a Strategic Perspective
(Danuta Rojek, Faculty of Management, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland)

Chapter 5. Supporting Small Business Act Initiative in Slovakia in the Field of Innovation
(¼ubica Lesáková, Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic)

Chapter 6. Social Innovativeness of Selected SMEs in Poland: A Comparative Case Study
(Ryszard Borowiecki, Barbara Siuta-Tokarska, and Tomasz Kusio, WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland, and others)

Chapter 7. Socially Responsible Innovations in the Process of Building the Value of Cultural Organizations
(Łukasz Wróblewski, Department of Management and Engineering Production, WSB Unversity, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland)

Chapter 8. The Development of the Innovative Network Centred Approach and the Concept of the Open Innovation University
(Gabriela Kormancová, Lenka Theodoulides, and Lukasz Arendt, Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia)

Chapter 9. Selected Aspects of Human Capital in Business Innovation Processes
(Vladimíra Klementová, Lenka Hvolková, Marcela Kova¾ová, and Ladislav Klement, Department of Corporate Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic)

Chapter 10. Innovation and Managerial Competencies in Organizations
(Katarzyna Szczepañska-Woszczyna and Waldemar Jêdrzejczyk, Department of Management, WSB University, Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland, and others)

Chapter 11. Managerial Effectiveness in People Management for the Perspective of Experienced Happiness and Sense of Life
(Magdalena Kraczla, PhD and Anna Porczyñska-Ciszewska, PhD, Department of Social Sciences, University of D¹browa Górnicza, D¹browa Górnicza, Poland, and others)

Chapter 12. The Complexity of Workplace Management Policies in an International Company in the Polish Market
(Bo¿ena Gajdzik, Department of Engineering Production, Silesian University of Technology, Katowice, Poland)

Chapter 13. Negotiation in M&A. Culture as the Hidden Factor for Success
(Iulian Warter, PhD and Liviu Warter, PhD, Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism, Iasi, Romania)

Chapter 14. A Company’s Culture before M&A. A New Evaluation Framework for Managers’ Perceptions
(Liviu Warter, PhD and Iulian Warter, PhD, Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism, Iasi, Romania)

Chapter 15. Innovations of Tourism Businesses Supported by EU Funds: Fostering Cooperation in Destinations
(Lubos Elexa, Ludmila Elexova, Tomas Gajdosik, Zuzana Gajdosikova and Pavol Kral, Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic)

Chapter 16. A Model of Niche Development Management as a Source of Innovation Processes in the Public Sphere
(Franciszek Piontek, Barbara Piontek, Department of Management, WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland)

Chapter 17. Resource Constraints of a Welding Company Implementing a New Welding Process with Micro-Jet Cooling
(Bożena Szczucka-Lasota, Bożena Gajdzik, and Tomasz Wêgrzyn, Department of Transport, Silesian University of Technology, Katowice, Poland)

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