Saturday, February 07, 2009

Crafting Organizational Innovation Processes: Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice

We have a new paper accepted for publication. This paper represents the core artifact from the Ideas4Innovation (i4i) research project which was funded by the Institute for Innovation in Information Management (I3M) at the University of Washington

Crafting Organizational Innovation Processes

Innovation is a crucial component of business strategy, but the process of innovation may seem difficult to manage. To plan organizational initiatives around innovation or to bolster innovation requires a firm grasp of the innovation process. Few organizations have transparently defined such a process. Based on the findings of an exploratory study of over 30 US and European companies that have robust innovation processes, this paper breaks down the innovation process into discrete stages: idea generation and mobilization, screening and advocacy, experimentation, commercialization, and diffusion and implementation. For each stage, context, outputs and critical ingredients are discussed. There are several common tensions and concerns at each stage, which are enumerated; industry examples are also given. Finally, strategies for and indicators of organizational success around innovation are discussed for each stage. Successful organizations will use an outlined innovation process to create a common framework for discussion and initiatives around the innovation process, and to establish metrics and goals for each stage of the innovation process.

Authors: Kevin C. Desouza, Caroline Dombrowski, Yukika Awazu, Peter Baloh, Sridhar Papagari, Sanjeev Jha, Jeffrey Y. Kim

The paper will appear in Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice [The International Journal for Innovation Research, Commercialization, Policy Analysis and Best Practice]