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Reluctance to Innovate: A Case Study of the Titanium Dioxide Industry


Hanson, DJ and Steen, JT and Liesch, PW, Reluctance to Innovate: A Case Study of the Titanium Dioxide Industry, Prometheus, 15, (3) pp. 345-356. ISSN 0810-9028 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/08109029708632080


An autopoietic explanation is offered to explain the reluctance of a major international manufacturer of titanium dioxide to adopt a production process that might have enabled it to retain competitive advantage. Alternative explanations which focus solely on economic considerations and innovation difficulties are discussed, but it is concluded that they are merely part of an autopoietic explanation of a cultural blanket which engulfed the organisation. To support the argument, case evidence is presented on Tioxide's operations with a focus on Burnie, Tasmania.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business systems in context
Research Field:Business systems in context not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Hanson, DJ (Dr Dallas Hanson)
UTAS Author:Steen, JT (Dr John Steen)
UTAS Author:Liesch, PW (Dr Peter Liesch)
ID Code:11350
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-12

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