Closing the gap: reinventing organizations for innovation and the disruptors who drive it

Steffen Raetzer, Rebecca L. Self, Nina Klein


The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceived gap between existing work environments and those desired by internal innovators and employees. Can the notion of evolutionary paradigmatic shifts be measured and mapped? And can this assist leaders attempting to implement profound organisational transformations needed to address social, technological, environmental, economic, and political realities facing organizations today? Inspired by Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations, the current study features responses from 131 respondents at Deutsche Bahn. Initial results illustrate that evolutionary paradigms can assist leaders to identify and support intrinsically motivated individuals across organisations.


engagement; innovation; culture; organizational development.

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