CASE STUDY

Task 1: Differentiate between the epistemology of possession perspective and the epistemology of practice perspectives of knowledge. Please explain these different perspectives by using underpinning academic theories and examples. Based on the information you researched on B&Q, please apply the epistemologies of possession and practice perspectives of knowledge to the case organization’s supply chain when pursuing innovation. (Useful reading to get you started: (Grant, 1996a); (Grant, 1996b); (Spender and Grant, 1996); (Brown and Duguid, 1998); (Brown and Duguid, 2001); (Cook and Brown, 1999); (Blackler, 1995); (Gourlay, 2006); (Nonaka, 1994); (Nonaka and Toyama, 2003); (Tsoukas, 1996) (Gittell and Weiss, 2004) (Powell, 1990) (Hitt et al., 2007) (Oosterhuis et al., 2000)). Word limit: 1350 words Marks: 35 / 100 marks
Task 2: “Product, process and organizational innovation are socially and politically mediated processes”. Please explain what this statement might mean for managers working for the case organization (B&Q). Please use academic theories and case company related examples to develop your arguments. (Useful reading to get you started: (Swan and Clark, 1992); (Swan and Scarbrough, 2005); (Hardy and Dougherty, 1997); (Dougherty et al., 2000) (Jackson, 2006) (Jackson, 2001) (Von Bertalanffy, 1972)). Word limit: 1350 words Marks: 35 / 100 marks
Abstract, introduction and conclusion: Word limit: 300 words Marks: 20 / 100 marks
Presentation: Structure of your report, English language proficiency, Referencing. Marks: 10 / 100 marks