AbstractThis presentation introduces the concepts of organizational innovation and types of innovations. Innovations are classified as either technical - new products or services delivered to the client or end user, or management - focused on how the work of the organization is conducted including strategy, administrative procedures, and structure. The results of an earlier study on technical innovations in research libraries by this author are briefly reviewed. In this study, it was found that factors such as the integration of the senior leadership team and the structure of the organization had a significant impact on the innovativeness of the library. An underlying premise of the research proposed here is that management innovation is even more important than technical innovation in order for the library to thrive in a rapidly changing external environment. To support this perspective, propositions are put forth regarding the impact of management innovations on the performance of the research library. The propositions are supported by theory and earlier studies and form the basis for a proposed empirical study of management innovation in research libraries. In concluding remarks, specific management innovations are suggested which have the potential to facilitate innovativeness in the research library.
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