Innovative Leadership and Firms Innovativeness in Europe


  • Leandro Maxence University of Madrid, Spain
  • Sergio Milo University of Madrid, Spain



The development of commercially viable new products requires technological and market possibilities are linked effectively in the product's design. Innovators in large firms have persistent problems with such linking, however. This research examines these problems by focusing on the shared interpretive schemes people use to make sense of product innovation. European firms have long been perceived as a gritty, hard-working city. However, for some reason, when it comes to business innovation and growth, the city does not always get the praise it deserves. The paper describes in some depth differences among the thought worlds, which keep innovators from synthesizing their expertise in Europe. The paper also details how organizational routines exacerbate problems with knowledgeability, capability, innovation implementation and diffusion of innovation barriers. The main implication of the study is that to improve innovation in large firms it is necessary to deal explicitly with the interpretive barriers described here. Suggestions for practice and research are offered.

Keywords: Innovative leadership, Innovation & European Firms.

Author Biographies

Leandro Maxence, University of Madrid, Spain

University of Madrid, Spain

Sergio Milo, University of Madrid, Spain

University of Madrid, Spain


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How to Cite

Maxence, L., & Milo, S. (2022). Innovative Leadership and Firms Innovativeness in Europe. Journal of Human Resource & Leadership, 6(1), 72–79.