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Symposium 2013

Proposal - Innovation Officers (IO)

The Challenge

Innovation as the foundation of economic dynamism and prosperity is a complex process involving contributions from various players. In particular it deals with the transformation of basic science into ...

Innovation as the foundation of economic dynamism and prosperity is a complex process involving contributions from various players. In particular it deals with the transformation of basic science into rival proposals that improve the well-being of mankind. For more than 200 years technological innovation has driven economic development. All growth is based on innovation. The process of innovation involves complementary contributions from science, from entrepreneurs, from the financial markets, from the investment community and from government.

The quest to find the right key to create Innovation has long been a subject to much speculation, academic research and theoretic models.

Under our very eyes innovative companies like IDEO from California, USA and SAP from Germany have developed extremely efficient and sound behavior models on innovation creating a hands on innovation process that any company can use anywhere.

This is a real step forward in the understanding of innovation as even Dr. Robert G. Cooper, the creator of the well known Stage-Gate®-Process and one of the leading voices when it comes to innovation, proclaimed that new innovation approaches are emerging from progressive companies that represent a new generation of idea-to-launch processes. What emerges is a more agile, vibrant, dynamic, flexible process that is leaner, faster, and more adaptive and risk-based.

The real news is, that instead of focusing on the innovation process itself, the new approaches focusing on creating the right innovation culture instead. Based on systemic theory thinking the new key elements of modern innovation culture are quick development cycles, agile scrum like project planning, fast prototyping, strong ability for collective sensemaking and innovative meetings techniques. Between others the Hassa Plattner Institute, Berlin, has published their success proven method “design thinking”.

Despite the fact that hands-on innovation concepts are now available these new concepts have not made their way to the education of young students yet.

Any school, any university should therefore provide an innovation officer (IO) to promote the valuable knowledge of how to create the right innovation culture, so that innovations can grow anywhere at a faster rate.

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