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The adoption process in management innovation: A Knowledge Management case study

Rasmussen, Louise; Hall, Hazel


Louise Rasmussen

Hazel Hall


is based on the findings of a study that explores and discusses in depth a Knowledge Management programme that was introduced within a large distributed public sector agency in Europe. The aim of this research was to provide insight into the adoption process associated with management innovation. A qualitative case study strategy generates an account of the process of adoption through three phases (initiation; implementation; and outcomes), the episodes within each phase, and decision-making
across the entire process. The findings contribute to the development of an extended and refined model of the process of adoption of management innovation through the consideration of the labelling, sequence and transition of phases and episodes, and decisionmaking.
In this extended and refined model there are three phases with nine episodes, two of which are recursive; the phases
occur in a linear sequence but may overlap, whilst the episodes occur in a non-linear sequence; and decision-making occurs within episodes, between phases, and between episodes. The study makes three primary contributions to knowledge. First, it considers
the process of adoption (as opposed to the more commonly examined process of generation) of management innovation. Second, it identifies decision-making related to the changes required for adoption of a management innovation. Finally, it develops a model of
the process of adoption of management innovation that includes decision-making. In addition, the output of the study can be used as a tool for project management by identifying the questions to be addressed, and the decisions to be made, at particular points of
the management innovation process, taking into account local contexts.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 9, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 3, 2016
Publication Date 2016-06
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 3, 2016
Journal Journal of Information Science
Print ISSN 0165-5515
Electronic ISSN 1741-6485
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 3
Pages 356-368
Keywords Knowledge Management; management innovation; process of adoption; public sector
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Contract Date Oct 12, 2015


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