Dig into the rigorous thinking via Google Scholar on innovation and you will find there are 2, 300,000 articles and books of an academic nature that have verified and validated every different type of known innovation process - disruptive, open source, front end, back end, induced, user, IT, supply chain, management, R&D and even innovative innovation!! Enough information to drive you crazy. And worse still, there is a huge problem with most of it!! It perceives innovation as a theory and a process and it is neither. It’s a practice‼ Innovation as theory is like
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It’s all very well to talk about innovation in times like this. However innovation is intangible and intangibility is not what we need right now. Organizations need evidence, hard numbers that enable them to really understand how they are operating functionally on a daily basis. Yet it is the focus on the ideas that flow around that functionality that create the seeds of innovation. Without that exchange of ideas, organizational stagnation and pessimism set in, morale collapses and passion dies. Thus, the hard currency in these unstable economic times is ideas‼ Innovation is invariable viewed as
In the past decade, I have listened to many leaders across all sorts of industries and organisations dialogue about innovation but very rarely have I seen organisations actually embody and live the outcomes of these dialogues. Facilitated dialogues and workshops with the endorsement and often participation of company leaders introducing the strategy and tactics of innovation invariably leave participants highly enthused. Yet very often after a relative short period of time, organisations absorb this optimism and little changes. Leaders attest to the many difficulties associated with organisational innovation, not least of which are the political ramifications. Innovation is like a political movement, often polarising entrenched hierarchies, organisational elites and factions. Innovation favours ideators and implementers, those wanting to overthrow the status quo and get on with change, challenging anybody who stands in their way. How a leader handles this ebb and flow of unresolved organisational tension is crucial to the implementation of innovation.
Ted Buswick, co- editor of a special edition of the Journal of Business Strategy entitled "Creatively Intelligent Companies and Leaders: Arts-based Learning for Business” advises the publishers Emerald are offering a week of free online access to all the articles. There are some really well-researched articles on arts-based processes in business that have much to do with creative skills.
Take a look