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Journal articles (2021), Organizing Creativity in the Innovation Journey, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 75, pp. 19-37

Inside Out: When Ideas from the Core are Radicalized on the Periphery

Conflicting theoretical perspectives present radical innovation as originating either from the core or the periphery of a system. Studies tend to bridge this divide by way of positions or roles. This paper proposes a process interface, where ideas from the core are radicalized on the periphery, inverting the established tendency of “tempering” of innovation. This approach realigns the primacy of the core in diffusing ideas and that of the periphery in reinforcing distinctiveness. Radicalization and tempering are interdependent, to the extent that the realization of one denotes other’s termination. Quantitative and qualitative evidence from the history of art lend support to the arguments, including breakthrough paintings, such as The Scream by Munch and Black Square by Malevitch. Radicalization is facilitated by simultaneously increasing differences and exchanges between core and periphery. The mobility of new ideas from the core to the periphery is likely to provoke resistance in a conservative environment. The collision of opposing social forces raises the stakes, making compromise less feasible or desirable. Link to the article

SGOUREV, S. (2021). Inside Out: When Ideas from the Core are Radicalized on the Periphery. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 75, pp. 19-37.

Keywords : #Innovation, #radicalisation, #art, #social-networks, #mobility, #core-and-periphery