Attitudes to Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Innovation is a hot topic. Yet there are many different understandings of its role: everyone seems to measure temperature in different ways!

Most people would agree that broadly innovation involves finding and/or exploiting and/or developing new and different ways to provide value for people. Those people might be customers in commercial settings, or individuals and communities in non-commercial settings.

However attitudes to innovation appear to vary substantially in a variety of dimensions.

Questions

During #innochat on Thursday April 27th on Twitter, let's discuss differences in attitude to innovation based on the following questions:

  1. Is innovation a "nice to have" activity or is it essential, and why?
  2. Is the motivation and assessment of innovation more emotional or more rational?
  3. Over time, is innovation best done continually or sporadically as needed?
  4. Within organizations, is innovation better initiated and driven from the "top-down" or "bottom-up"?
  5. In organizational contexts, does innovation flow better from the inside-out or from the outside-in?

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