Mapping the relationship between innovation, categories of knowledge and institutional context in an organisation

Cartografía de la relación entre innovación, categorías de conocimiento y contexto institucional en una organización

  • Mónica Silvana María Varón Parra Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Edwin Arvey Cristancho Pinilla Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Luz Alexandra Montoya Restrepo Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Keywords: knowledge exchange, knowledge codification, innovation theory, innovation opportunities, institutional change, institutional context


Organisations are social entities formed by individuals with knowledge in an institutional context. Innovation is a social and economic phenomenon (Schumpeter, 1935a) that positively impacts organisations and economic growth. This paper maps the relationship between innovation, categories of knowledge, and institutional context in an organisation. It reviews innovative organisations as opportunity takers in an institutional context and understands innovations as the output of a multidirectional process where articulated and unarticulated knowledge is exchanged by individuals in the organisation. Innovation becomes a decision-making (selection and variation) process based on an individual's knowledge. That process has velocity and direction due to its relationship with the institutional context and the categories of knowledge. The paper concludes by presenting a conceptual model to explain the relationship between the concepts studied. It integrates innovation theories, knowledge economy literature, and sociological perspectives.


Las organizaciones son entidades sociales formadas por individuos con conocimientos en un contexto institucional. La innovación es un fenómeno social y económico (Schumpeter, 1935a) que repercute positivamente en las organizaciones y el crecimiento económico. En este artículo se describe la relación entre innovación, categorías de conocimiento y contexto institucional en una organización. El artículo examina las organizaciones innovadoras como aprovechadoras de oportunidades en un contexto institucional y entiende las innovaciones como el resultado de un proceso multidireccional en el que los individuos de la organización intercambian conocimientos articulados y no articulados. La innovación se convierte en un proceso de toma de decisiones (selección y variación) basado en los conocimientos de un individuo. Ese proceso tiene velocidad y dirección debido a su relación con el contexto institucional y las categorías de conocimiento. El documento concluye presentando un modelo conceptual para explicar la relación entre los conceptos estudiados. En él se integran las teorías de la innovación, la literatura sobre la economía del conocimiento y las perspectivas sociológicas.

Palabras clave: intercambio de conocimiento; codificación del conocimiento; teoría de la innovación; oportunidades de innovación; cambio institucional; contexto institucional.




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Varón Parra, M. S. M., Cristancho Pinilla, E. A., & Montoya Restrepo, L. A. (2023). Mapping the relationship between innovation, categories of knowledge and institutional context in an organisation. European Public & Social Innovation Review, 8(1), 39-55. Retrieved from
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