Innovation concepts: old, new, or no school?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

This is a chat on Twitter, so let's discuss a tweet! For the last week, I've been wondering on and off about the context and meaning of one tweet by Saul Kaplan (@skap5) during last week's #innochat. He wrote:

"Is it sacrilege to mention that this #innochat series has reminded me just how 'old school' Peter Drucker's ideas are!"

I don't think it's sacrilege at all (although leaving the '?' off the question might be ;-)), especially if it is true.

What does this mean? In what senses is it true? And what are the implications? What other concepts have replaced those described and discussed in our series? Alternatively, are they simply no longer relevant and nothing is available to replace them?

Why restrict this to Drucker's models of innovation. Are the concepts and models of other, earlier, authors even "older school"? For example, does Everett Rogers' "Diffusion of Innovations", also not stand the test of time?

So, unusually this week, there are no set questions. There is a simply a topic. During #innochat on Twitter at 12pm Eastern time on Thursday March 3rd, let's discuss whether conceptual models of innovation and patterns of innovative behaviour have any relevance, or whether it is just a random free-for-all.


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