7 Character and improvisation A recursive relationship

Corey Crossan, Mary Crossan, and Cassie Ellis

DOI: 10.4324/9781003171768-10


The practice and implementation of improvisation to support organizational agility have gained legitimacy in organizations over the last 25 years (Ciuchta et al., 2021). Improvisation requires an experimental culture where a tolerance for error promotes action and innovation (Vera & Crossan, 2005) and demands the ability to navigate the paradoxical nature of structure and freedom by emphasizing the need to improvise in the context of already existing systems (Ambituuni et al., 2021). Improvisation requires a state of mindfulness whereby the improviser acts spontaneously (Torrance & Schumann, 2019 ...

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