Innovation is enhanced by organic structures rather than mechanistic structures. That’s the finding of some research cited in the European Journal of Innovation, and shared with us via Naina Redhu’s Aside Innovation Blog.
“Innovation is increased by the use of highly participative structures and cultures. For instance, an idea champion must be made to feel part of the total innovation process; at the very least, he/she must be allowed to follow the progress of the innovation. This builds involvement via ownership and enhances attachment and commitment at the organizational level.”
Naina goes on to provide bulleted lists that detail how, specifically, organic structures (open, flexible, new) promote innovation and how mechanical structures (rigid, inflexible, traditional) tend to hinder it.