Innovation Articles

By Oguz A. Acar, Murat Tarakci, Daan van Knippenberg

Why Constraints Are Good for Innovation


Recent surveys show that managers tend to consider compliance restrictions and a lack of resources as the main obstacles to innovation. This common wisdom suggests eradicating all constraints: by getting rid of rules and boundaries, creativity, and innovative thinking will thrive. Our research, however, challenges this wisdom and suggests that managers can innovate better by embracing constraints.