Tea Lempiälä

Tea Lempiälä is a researcher and project manager at Innovation Management Institute, Aalto University, Finland. She is managing a four-year research project examining the ways in which organizations can better support the innovativeness of their employees. Her research examines innovation in organizations; more specifically the ways in which ideas are generated and developed collaboratively. The focus of her work is on the practices of innovation, i.e. the common patterns of action among organization members. She uses qualitative inquiry, such as observations and interviews, to tap into the micro-level practices located inside the innovation process. Tea will defend her dissertation in early fall 2011 at the School of Economics, Aalto University. The dissertation examines the collaborative practices of idea development in organizations and identifies four tensions between the front stage and the backstage of innovation which pose hindrances to this innovative activity.