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Small Scale Innovation: Keeping Wildness in its Place


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A few short notes on the role of CEOs in fostering innovative work environments (with a focus on the museum industry). Key thesis is that leaders should maintain stable, safe environments for staff innovation rather than pursuing chaotic, full-institution visionary agendas.

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Small Scale Innovation: Keeping Wildness in its Place

  1. 1. small-scale innovation: keeping wildness in its place Nina Simon, Museum 2.0 [email_address]
  2. 2. Institution-wide innovation is not always the best option Institutions need… Innovations need… <ul><li>consistency </li></ul><ul><li>accountability </li></ul><ul><li>confidence </li></ul><ul><li>security </li></ul><ul><li>flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>ability to take risks </li></ul><ul><li>ability to fail </li></ul><ul><li>chaos </li></ul>
  3. 3. Skunkworks and other limited innovation models <ul><li>small teams that work in parallel on the same problem </li></ul><ul><li>funding/grants for small projects </li></ul><ul><li>time alotted for side projects </li></ul><ul><li>research groups and experiments </li></ul>
  4. 4. What role for leaders? <ul><li>be a benevolent visionary </li></ul><ul><li>find the right places and people for innovation </li></ul><ul><li>maintain overall stability </li></ul>