Autonomy and decision rights in innovation

100 Open Startups
2 min readApr 29, 2022


Learn how to create a more agile innovation strategy based on the concepts of autonomy and decision rights

Published by Bridge Ecosystem / Written by Alejandra Flechas — Researcher at FEA/USP

In previous texts, we have presented several practical examples of corporations that developed their innovations applying the innovation ecosystem logic, such as Michelin , iFood and Tesla . From a macro-organizational point of view, the way these cases evolved may seem fluid and quite organic, however, many internal and structural changes had to take place to achieve the expected results.

In this text, researcher Alejandra Flechas addresses two of these changes that innovative companies have applied and that, despite seeming obvious and simple, end up being very complex and decisive in the innovative behavior of organizations: autonomy and decision rights .

Autonomy, at the organizational level, refers to the ability of individuals to have the freedom and discretion to plan and execute their tasks as they see fit. On the other hand, decision rights refer to the organizational governance component, in which who decides what and under what conditions is defined.

But what do these concepts have to do with the innovation processes of companies?

It is often said that, for companies to be considered competitive in the current context, they must adhere to a more entrepreneurial behavior, which is related to being more innovative by creating and capturing value in unprecedented and more agile ways. For this, companies must adopt a set of values ​​and guidelines that modify various processes, including decision-making. To be more agile, the company must adopt a more horizontal organizational design where more individuals make decisions and can move forward without further delay in their activities.

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This is a production carried out by Bridge Ecosystem , a Joint Lab between USP and 100 Open Startups, which aims to generate new methodologies and tools for managing innovation ecosystems.

The initiative was created with the aim of generating methodologies and tools for managing innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of ecosystems and came in response to the manifestation of open innovation managers who pointed out that the practice of innovation could no longer be explained so well by theories, models and traditional concepts.

The management of innovation ecosystems is an essential topic for open innovation. Therefore, every month, the Bridge Ecosystem has a guaranteed space at the Open Innovation Week | Oiweek , the main meeting of actors in the innovation ecosystem to exchange knowledge, co-create solutions and generate business opportunities.