The Innovative Company

An Ill-defined Object

Volume 1 – Innovation between Risk and Reward SET Coordinated by Bernard Guilhon and Sandra Montchaud

The Innovative Company

Danièle Chauvel, SKEMA, France
Stefano Borzillo, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western, Switzerland

ISBN : 9781786300652

Publication Date : July 2017

Hardcover 172 pp

115.00 USD



The concept of innovation is the result of human activities carried out to produce a new product, service or something new that creates value. More recently, the idea of an innovative enterprise, organization or company has emerged, thanks to an increasing interest in innovation as an essential process in a variety of economic, technological and sociological contexts.

This book is part of a set on Innovation between Risk and Reward and focuses on the close relationship between innovation and knowledge. It provides the reader with the outline of an innovative company, focusing on the organizational aspects that contribute to defining it and sketching out the profile of what an innovative company is or should be in the age of knowledge.

The authors explore the literary corpus in order to outline the state of the art but also the reality of innovative enterprise in the form of meetings and interviews with both large and small companies.


1. Evolution of the Concept of Innovation.
2. Innovation: A Knowledge-based Phenomenon.
3. Pivots of Innovation in the Age of Knowledge.
4. The Various Approaches to Innovation Adopted by Companies.
5. Organizational Levers.

About the authors/editors

Danièle Chauvel is Research Professor for the SKEMA Research Centre in Knowledge, Technology and Organization.

Stefano Borzillo is Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland.