Managing the impossible

INN331 – Management Issues for Information Professionals

WEEK FOUR: Reading discussion.

This post is a response to a university pre-class discussion prep on two readings, one on change management and one on innovation management, with three highlights for each.


The readings chosen are Drucker and Hamel.

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Misunderstanding strategy: reductionist determinism

INN331 – Management Issues for Information Professionals

WEEK TWO: Reading notes on strategy, synthesis for reductionist determinism.


Introduction: cognitive dissonance

I expect a level of cognitive dissonance between an academic unit or lecturer’s, objectives, the assigned and suggested readings, and my own professional and personal perspectives.

That dissonance was dialed up pretty high this week when it came to considering the differences between strategic thinking, strategic planning, and the scope to ‘foster’ organisational creativity and innovation. The most jarring mismatches between my perceptions and the readings occurred when evaluating the LIS-focussed articles.

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