Innovating Enterprise Innovation
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Innovation is one of the key enablers for European enterprises to compete in global markets. The term ‘innovation’ is constantly used in speeches of managers, politicians, public administrators. ...
Innovation is one of the key enablers for European enterprises to compete in global markets. The term ‘innovation’ is constantly used in speeches of managers, politicians, public administrators. However, in the large majority of cases, the term is used as a generic 'place holder', a sort of container whose actual content is left to the intuition. For this reason it is important to deeply elaborate, specifically on the notion of Enterprise Innovation, to better understand the essence and meaning of innovation.
Innovation stems from a virtuous mix of intuition, creativity, and a solid background knowledge. Each innovation endeavour has its own characteristics, largely different from previous experiences. It falls in the category of ‘wicked problems’, i.e., problems difficult to solve because of incomplete, fuzzy, changing requirements. Nevertheless, there are recurring patterns and it is possible to conceive systematic methods, and supporting information systems, to promote and manage innovation avoiding the risk to close it in a ‘cage’, risking depressing the fundamental creativity and fantasy. This talk will present an innovative framework for enterprise innovation that includes a methodology and an innovation management platform which is based on an generic behavioural pattern (i.e., independent of the industrial sector), a strong knowledge orientation, and an innovation monitoring system funded on a number of Key Performance Indicators, to constantly keep the progress of the innovation project under control.
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