Published 2005

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Publication details

Journal : Creativity and Innovation Management , vol. 14 , p. 505–512–8 , 2005

Publisher : Blackwell Publishing

International Standard Numbers :
Printed : 0963-1690
Electronic : 1467-8691

Publication type : Academic article

Contributors : Sogn-Grundvåg, Geir; Grønhaug, Kjell

Issue : 4

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This paper discusses the nature and role of positive illusions in the explotiation of new ideas and innovation leading to the development of new enteprises and industries. Positive illusions imply misperceptions of oneself and the environment that can lead to faulty investments and bankrupticies. However, without the optimistic misperceptions of one`s own abilities and opportunites that positive illusions imply, little or nothing would happen. Thus, illusions that lead to initiative and commitment are crucial to create and exploit new innovations, even though venturing into new business areas always involves risk and potential failure.