The Banality of Organizational Innovations: Embracing the Substance–Process Duality

Raghu Garud*, Marja Turunen

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Organizational phenomena are dogged by a paradox that originates from the substance–process duality. Should we view phenomena as substances or as processes? We propose that there is utility in viewing them as both. Such a view, when applied to innovations and organizations, highlights the interrelationship between the two. To theorize about this interrelationship, we offer narratives of innovations as intra-active boundary objects as a way to entertain the banality of organizational innovations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalInnovation : organization & management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Innovation
  • narratives
  • organization
  • paradoxes
  • process
  • substance–process duality


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