Diffusion of organisational innovations: an empirical test of an analytical framework
Journal article, 2011
Alänge, Jacobsson, and Jarnehammar (1998) presented an analytical framework for studying
the diffusion of organisational innovations, based on the developments in literature on technical
innovations and their diffusion.The aim of this paper is to examine the validity of the framework.
Two exploratory case studies were carried out on the diffusion of the organisational innovation
TQM. The case studies showed that the framework is a useful tool for studying the diffusion
of organisational innovations. However, factors such as learning processes on a national and
international level and the role of fads need further consideration. In addition, factors needed for
a long-term commitment such as boards and owners and internal political and cultural systems
need to be further investigated. The paper also presents a model for analysing the different
phases in a diffusion process.
diffusion of innovations