Re-organizing for Innovation: Top Management Attention as a Driver of Strategic Renewal
Paper in proceeding, 2011

Abstract: Research on how managers implement change in their organizations during crisis is of growing interest. Today’s decision-makers are inundated by stimuli and even more so during crisis. Naturally this prevents all events to be attended to equally. Attention as an important factor in decision-making processes has long been noticed by organizational scholars and attention established as a valuable and scarce resource in organizations. Despite this, few longitudinal studies seem to have used an attention-based view to examine how management attention is used as a driver. By providing thick empirical data and the lens of attention-based view within a strategic change context, this paper aims to further understandings and add to actionable knowledge relating to top management attention as a driver for strategic change. Empirical data has been gathered over a period of four years.

Attention-based view


Innovation renewal

Empirical research

Automotive Industry

Change implementation

Longitudinal Case study



Lena Ekelund

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics

Christine Räisänen

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Management

ISPIM 2011

Subject Categories

Other Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship

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