Thursday, July 29, 2021

Innovation via Knowledge Transfer

Innovation implies growth and change. It’s more organic than mechanic.

If you take knowledge from one context and bring it over into a new context, you have knowledge or technology transfer innovation. The border of knowledge domains has a blurred scope and knowledge is expanded in the continual base. 

If information is the most time-intensive piece of the innovation puzzle, then knowledge - the refined information, is one of the most dynamic and intellectually-critical puzzle pieces to make innovation a phenomenon happening across our knowledge economy.

Knowledge flow leads to idea flow and knowledge-transfer innovation: Knowledge is not an isolated fact, but needs to flow and transfer for tapping innovation potential and achieving its multifaceted value. With the exponential growth of information, collective learning rejuvenates the culture of innovation. A learning organization is one in which the majority of the employees at all levels are open to new ideas, experimenting with new ways of doing things to spark innovation. High professionals with a growth mindset continue their learning cycle via learning-thinking-understanding-creating, asking-learning-sharing-criticizing, as well as connecting-collecting-collaborating-innovating, etc.

Knowledge assets are a blend of resources, not a single asset, and its integrity, availability, and confidentiality, accessibility can be crucial to how the organization functions, spur innovation, or maintain its competitive advantage. Having knowledge is a good thing, debating, sharing, and exploring what to do with that knowledge and connecting disparate ideas that don't seem to fit together naturally will lead to new knowledge or fresh perspectives. That means knowledge is not static, and easy to get stale. It’s a valuable commodity, and sometimes, it turns out to be the perished food. Thus, the digital workforce today has to learn and relearn all the time and then apply those lessons to succeed in new situations, streamline knowledge flowing, and foster knowledge transfer innovation proactively.

The logic of knowledge transfer innovation is to bridge cognitive/domain gaps and connect wider dots to generate great ideas: The original germ of a creative idea is often, if not always arrived through the interaction of ideas from different domains of thoughts, knowledge, experiences, or information without boundary. Knowledge is path-dependent. This means that to discover an opportunity, you should have previous knowledge in the field to be able to get recognized. Often knowledge transfer innovation requires specialized generalist facilitators who can bridge the knowledge gap between socioeconomic and cultural differences to make it happen. This allows the organization to facilitate the transfer of knowledge gained from one place to another and generate business value effectively. An innovative cross-disciplinary knowledge expert fits such a role for refining knowledge and spurring innovation smoothly.

Technically, knowledge basically involves the human factor and captures the benefit of someone's experience, then applying it and making it available to broader audiences who can benefit from the combined intellectual asset of the knowledge and experiences, to consider the interdependency of knowledge ownership. Always respect others' hard-work, knowledge is the asset, wise ones also think of it as the soft capital that you need to keep investing for reaping the benefit.

Organizations can work toward a knowledge ecosystem view, which incorporates the virtual aspects of the knowledge system, innovation, and intuitive behavior
: The hyperconnected, expansive, and interdependent business ecosystem provides unprecedented opportunities to strike a dynamic balance between inner and outer elements, it expands when the components of the system consume all sorts of knowledge, resources, talent, and broaden their scope of influence. Knowledge needs to be managed holistically to overcome silo, context over content, global over local, cross-disciplinary over single thread. Knowledge is the means to the end. People are the masters who can use knowledge wisely, streamline knowledge flowing in the ecosystem smoothly.

Innovation happens at the intersection of people and knowledge, knowledge and process, information & technology, etc. An information-empowered knowledge ecosystem can reconfigure its own structure, reinvent its functions, and change its own behavior pattern with adaptation to environmental changes with synchronization. The ultimate goal is to keep tapping the innovation potential of such a system, which includes policies, structures, and programs, portfolios as well as the interwoven relationships between those elements, for benefiting our society.

Innovation implies growth and change. It’s more organic than mechanic. Scientifically, knowledge-transfer innovation is the creative mechanism through which you grow and evolve something to something great; artistically, innovation creates the new theme, generating particular momentum to enrich human society. Innovation is the bridge between art and science, to rejuvenate our beings individually or collectively.

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