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Novelty: Searching for, Seeing, and Sustaining It

Cattani, G., Deichman, D. & Ferriani, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-9669-3486 (2022). Novelty: Searching for, Seeing, and Sustaining It. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 77, pp. 3-23. doi: 10.1108/S0733-558X20220000077002


The journey of novelty – from the moment it arises to the time it takes hold – is an exciting but also often a problematic one. A new entity, to be recognized as such, needs to be differentiated from what existed before. However, novelty poses cognitive challenges that hamper its appreciation since it is difficult to form expectations about and make sense of something genuinely new. And since novel ideas, products, technologies, or organizational forms often violate existing practices and social structures, they are usually met with skepticism and resistance. In this introductory piece, we take stock of research into the challenges of generating, recognizing, and legitimating novelty. We review each volume chapter and highlight the new perspectives and insights they offer about how individuals, teams, and organizations search for novelty, see novelty, and sustain novelty. Finally, we outline several research themes that, we believe, are worthy of further scholarly attention.

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Publisher Keywords: Novelty; ideas; creativity; innovation; generation; recognition; legitimation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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