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Ekonomihögskolan vid Lunds universitet

Yaqian Wang

Yaqian Wang disputerade den 28 februari 2014. Här berättar hon om sig själv och sin forskning. För att läsa avhandlingen, klicka på länken till höger.

I came from China and started my PhD study at Institute of Economic Research, Department of Business Administration in August 2009. Before coming to Lund, I studied in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, where I got both my bachelor degree in business administration and master degree in applied psychology.

In my doctoral dissertation “Inside the Box – Cultures of Innovation in a Mature Industry”, I explore the concept of “innovation culture” – a concept usually seen as self-explanatory and taken as given – and answer the research question: “How does organizational culture influence innovation?”. Through a single case study at three subsidiaries of SCA Packaging in Europe, my thesis opens the black box of innovation culture and reveals the mechanism of the culture-innovation relationship, explaining how culture’s influence on innovation takes place. I suggest that in order to think outside the box to be innovative, first we need to know what is inside the box.