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The building blocks of innovation in a state-owned enterprise within the transport industry.

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dc.contributor.author Van Zyl, Elizabeth Margaretha
dc.date.accessioned 2007-11-21T08:48:32Z
dc.date.available 2007-11-21T08:48:32Z
dc.date.issued 2007-11-21T08:48:32Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/125
dc.description.abstract Organisations are born from and grow through creative ideas and innovative endeavours. For much of the twentieth century efficiency within organisations tended to be emphasized as the most important business focus with innovation as second choice. However, recently innovation has been cited as the primary way in which organisations can create and ensure long-term stability, shareholder satisfaction and industry leadership with a sustainable position. Subsequently, organisations realised that if they harnessed creativity and innovation correctly, it could lead to competitive advantage. Hence the question, what constitutes innovation? This research study endeavoured to determine the building blocks of innovation in a state-owned enterprise within the transport industry to facilitate the consistent adoption of innovation and its practices, by presenting the findings in a conceptual framework. As innovation is a multi-faceted and complex topic to study, a qualitative approach was chosen to identify concepts depicting the building blocks of innovation and the relationships between those concepts to enhance corporate functioning. Therefore, the method chosen had to support a qualitative and inductive research approach. Grounded Theory, as a qualitative method, ensured that innovation would be understood from the perspective of the participant. This in turn would ensure that the final result, the conceptual framework of building blocks of innovation, would be suitable to the environment from which it was generated. Through the empirical research, the state-owned enterprise’s approach towards innovation, that would influence the adoption of innovative practices, has been identified. Furthermore, barriers to innovation have been identified that might hinder the adoption of innovative practices. Finally, the enablers of innovation within a state-owned enterprise were identified and captured into a conceptual framework that depicts the building blocks of innovation. en
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. Gert Roodt en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject organizational change en
dc.subject creative ability in business en
dc.subject technological innovations en
dc.subject creative thinking en
dc.subject transportation en
dc.title The building blocks of innovation in a state-owned enterprise within the transport industry. en
dc.type Thesis en


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