Innovative work can master change in organisations

​Johanna Pregmark has dedicated her years as doctoral student at the division of Entrepreneurship and Strategy to finding out how organisations can use innovative initiatives as a key component on their change journeys. In her research, Pregmark proposes guiding principles on how organisations can be structured to both gain from existing resources and competencies, as well as new opportunities.

​What challenges do you focus on your research?

In a fast-paced, uncertain business context, organisations need to change more rapidly and more radically than before. At the same time, they need to sharpen their current performance. How to innovate and change in such a context is a tricky solve – to both be aligned and innovative, to both exploit and explore.

How are you aiming to address or solve the problem with your research?

I have studied how innovative work needs to be organized in order to succeed in this context as well as how these innovative initiatives could be connected to the strategic change agenda to create an adaptive, changing organisation.

What were the main findings of your research?

To succeed with innovative work in this context it seems like the initiatives need to continuously be connected to the established organization – to the top management, to the strategic agenda, to the organisational system and to the daily work – but in a manner that gives freedom and autonomy. In the thesis, I propose principles for how this can be done.

What do you hope your research will lead to?

Many researchers have a research agenda around how to create organisations that are built to adapt and change. I hope this thesis can be a part of that puzzle. Also, I hope that leaders and practitioners of change can use the principles and proposals and develop them further for practical use.


Published: Mon 25 Nov 2019.