The improvisation-serendipity nexus

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With this chapter, we aim to fulfill two goals: to discuss improvisation as negative capability, a possibility that has not been conceptually explored, and to introduce the previously unattended linkages between improvisation and serendipity. Our rationale is that as organizational members conduct their daily improvisations, they use the available resources via bricolage. Through action, bricoleurs expand the affordances of their resource pools, sometimes creating serendipitous discoveries. These discoveries may open exaptive uses for resources which then, again, expand the perceived affordances of resources. The dialogue between these two fields may indicate important avenues for future work on improvisation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Improvisation in Organizations
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000933796
ISBN (Print)9780367771126
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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