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Organizational Improvisation: From the Constraint of Strict Tempo to the Power of the Avant-Garde

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stewart Clegg


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Improvisation is too simple a name for a complex class of processes. The improvisational label, in fact, covers very different processes, from impromptu, ad-libbed responses to carefully designed organizational choreographies. We discuss different forms of organizational improvisation (ad-hoc, covert, provocative and managed), and trace their roots in the discipline of organization theory, in order to promote a granular and power-sensitive understanding of improvisation in organizations.

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Author(s): Cunha MPe, Clegg SR, Rego A, Neves P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Creativity and Innovation Management

Year: 2014

Volume: 23

Issue: 4

Pages: 359-373

Print publication date: 01/12/2014

Online publication date: 28/08/2014

ISSN (print): 0963-1690

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8691

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/caim.12076


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