Improvisation and Innovation in Teams: The Jazz Effect

Audretsch, David A. and Belistki, Maksim and Bui, Hong T. M. and Herzig, Monika (2022) Improvisation and Innovation in Teams: The Jazz Effect. British Journal of Management, 34 (1). pp. 150-170. ISSN 1467-8551

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While numerous models examine the linkages between improvisation and innovation, the factors that moderate this relationship at the team level are unknown. Consequently, this study builds on principles and insights from the jazz jam session framework used by jazz musicians and regression analysis to examine the nature of the improvisation process and consider how it affects innovation. By using unbalanced panel data on 2,749 teams containing between two and eight employees in the United Kingdom during 2002–2016, this study demonstrates that the success of the improvisation process relies on both internal and external factors conducive to innovation. Subsequently, the conclusions drawn may help entrepreneurs and team managers think differently about the role improvisation plays in the innovation activity. As a result, important practical implications are drawn for team managers and entrepreneurs intending to cultivate a willingness to improvise in teams and nurture collaborative relationships with external partners for innovation.

Item Type: Article
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7 December 2021Accepted
6 January 2022Published Online
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-01 - business and management (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Business, Digital Transformation & Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Hong Bui
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2023 15:04
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 03:00

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