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MODEL FOR ENABLING INNOVATION COMPETENCE DEVELOPMENT IN GROUPS

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper

Publisher:

Participatory Innovation Conference 2013


Abstract

This article argues that due to the highly competitive and fast changing global environment organizations today face an innovation challenge. They need to expand their competence for radical innovation beyond their R&D departments or special units and enable employees across organization to develop competence for both incremental and radical innovation. Since most innovation challenges today are too complex to be solved by individuals, they also need to learn how to enable innovation competence development in groups. Unfortunately there is a gap in existing literature between understanding innovation competence on individual level and on the other hand innovation capability on the quite abstract overall level of the firm. Results from a study of contemporary dance groups and a study of radical innovation initiatives in Japanese manufacturing companies are used in this article to develop a framework of key enablers for developing innovation competence in groups. The six enablers identified and described in the framework are: group collaboration and co-creation; emergent bottom-up, top- down process; training and practice; personal involvement; continuous iteration between exploration and reflection; and diversity of people, spaces and tools. The article also presents how the framework is currently being tested in practice at the Mälardalen University.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Bozic Yams3157,
author = {Nina Bozic Yams and Tomas Backstr{\"o}m},
title = {MODEL FOR ENABLING INNOVATION COMPETENCE DEVELOPMENT IN GROUPS },
month = {June},
year = {2013},
publisher = {Participatory Innovation Conference 2013},
url = {http://www.ipr.mdh.se/publications/3157-}
}