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Why Territorial Managers Stifle Innovation — and What to Do About It

Even when companies try to encourage bottom-up innovation, ideas from employees rarely see the light of day. Researchers have found that managers can be a significant barrier to implementing novel ideas from employees when they feel insecure about their status within the organization. Once they recognize this, organizations can take steps to incentivize managers to better promote ideas from employees — to the benefit of the managers, their subordinates, and the company itself.

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