Authors propose a new typology of organizational innovation based on the integration
of theories of
organizational learning and theories of knowledge. The three dimensions that authors
use to construct
typology of innovations are: tacitexplicit, systemicautonomous and simplecomplex.
analyze the impact of these different types of innovations on the method of sourcing,
cost of implementation,
and innovation effectiveness. Finaly authors propose that as innovations becomemore
and complex, they tend to be more internally sourced, more costly to implement, and
So the hypotheses were tested using innovations from the commercial banking industry.
Data for this
study were collected from multiple sources. The innovations were categorized into
different types by
a panel of experts. Data on method of sourcing, cost and effectiveness were collected
from a sample
of 101 banks. The results showed that autonomous innovations were less likely to
sourced than systemic innovations; autonomous and complex innovations were more costly
implement than systemic and simple innovations. Explicit innovations were seen as
than implicit innovations. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.