Saturday, November 26, 2016

The New Book “Unpuzzling Innovation” Introduction: Chapter IV Connecting Innovation Dots

The difference between innovation and creativity is implementation.


Innovation has more enriched context today than ever; innovation is the process that transforms novel ideas or knowledge into business value. There are many areas within a company where the innovation processes can be applied to create value, from communication innovation to culture innovation, from process innovation to business model innovation; from product innovation to service innovation. The innovation context goes beyond the traditional scope. Here is a set of “dot-connecting” practices to enhance understanding of innovation and improve innovation management effectiveness.

Creativity vs. Innovation: Creativity is the innate ability to solve, or attempt to solve problems. Innovation is to transform novel ideas to achieve their business value. Creativity is a mental process which results in an action that tests a possible solution. Usually, the associations and relationships are what turn the spark into an expressible idea. The difference between innovation and creativity is implementation. One of the good definitions of innovation is “to transform the novel ideas into commercially successful products and achieving its business values.” If you do not innovate, you become commoditized and just like so many others who offer the same products or services. Innovation allows one to stand out and above the rest.

Innovation vs. Change Management: Innovation is value creation in a different way or to a different element of the business. Change Management is not necessarily about innovation and an organization has to carefully inventory what is working and what it wants to change. It must also consider not only the intended changes but what could be the unintended changes. Change Management usually means moving a team or organization in a forward direction-successfully or not. Change and innovation share a common DNA, which is “change” nature. But they are still different; each one has different motivators and must be managed differently. The significant innovations can catalyze organizational change. Innovation has its own change dynamics, technically and organizationally. When change management is aligning with innovation internally and externally, and that change can be part of innovation dynamics.

Innovation vs. Standardization: Innovation is how to transform novel ideas to achieve their business value. Standards are a form of embodied technical knowledge accessible to all types of businesses that enable more effective product and process development. Standardization is inside-the-box, and innovation is outside-the-box; Organizations indeed need both, and in fact, cannot realistically exist without a healthy balance of both. Standardization vs. innovation can actually be standardization and innovation. However, people in tactical or operational management usually face a hard time to understand that they actually can go hand-in-hand together in an appropriate way. Consider the continuum between innovation and standardization, the matter is to figure out how and when to apply the in the most effective way.

Innovation is to “make meaningful connections.” Innovation can be delivered in many different ways. Innovation requires a much deeper whole system, an emergent, generative, iterative and integrative approach. Hence, it’s important to connect innovation dots for enhancing understanding and unpuzzling innovation management in a structural way.

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"Unpuzzling Innovation" Book Slideshare Presentation
"Unpuzzling Innovation" Book Chapter 1 Innovation Classification
"Unpuzzling Innovation" Book Chapter 2 Innovation Principles
"Unpuzzling Innovation" Book Chapter 3 Digital Innovators
"Unpuzzling Innovation" Book Chapter 4 Connecting Innovation Dots
"Unpuzzling Innovation" Book Chapter 5 Digital Innovation Best & Next Practices
"Unpuzzling Innovation" Book Chapter 6 Innovation Paradox

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