Cooking under fire: managing multilevel tensions between creativity and innovation in haute cuisine

Lane, Christel and Lup, Daniela (2016) Cooking under fire: managing multilevel tensions between creativity and innovation in haute cuisine. Industry and Innovation, 22 (8) . pp. 654-676. ISSN 1366-2716 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13662716.2015.1113861)

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This inductive study of Michelin-starred restaurants in Britain and Germany examines how organizations attend to tensions between idea creation and implementation that characterize innovation processes. Based on the analysis of in-depth interviews with 40 chefs-de-cuisine, we identify tensions at two distinct levels of analysis. The first tension, situated at the individual level, occurs between the artistic identity of the chefs-de-cuisine and their work identity; the second one, at the organizational level, arises because creativity and implementation are equally important for the organizational success, thus making it impossible to disentangle chefs' contribution from that of the kitchen brigade. Case evidence shows that effective tactics for managing these tensions simultaneously emphasize distinctions and create synergies between the contradictory elements of each tension. Moreover, our cross-national sample allows us to show how differences at the national institutional level affect the management of tensions and thus shed light on the mechanisms through which institutional environments affect innovation. These insights contribute to existing research in creativity and innovation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Industry and Innovation on 18 October 2016 available online:
Keywords (uncontrolled): creativity, innovation, implementation; haute cuisine, multilevel analysis; tensions; Britain and Germany
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 21354
Depositing User: Jennifer Basford
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 18:47

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