Im Karla Phlypo-Price a PhD (C) and this blog is dedicated to my exploration into open innovation, social media, creativity, intrinsic motivation, collaborative creativity, and knowledge management 3.0.
I will be using this venue to articulate and discuss my findings as I journey toward the completion of my dissertation.
Just returned from Brussels and the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It was very nice to spend time with so many who desire prosperity for their communities. The talks I attended ranged from disruptive innovation in public service sectors: ambidexterity and the role of incumbents by Wood, Pfotenhauer, Jackson Glover and Newman (2013); to the impact of economic downturn on innovative performance in Poland presented by Matras-Bolibok (2013). One sentiment I heard over and over again, was that innovative practices are difficult for those who are still heavily influenced by some old beliefs fostered by the communist regimes. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to overcome decades of being told what to do and how to do it for the good of all - to an environment in which each individual must, to a greater extent, think for themselves and not rely on external authority for the hows, wheres and whys of entrepreneurship or innovation. I hold great respect for all those who desire to help shift thoughts and encourage movement to hybrid forms of commerce that inspire prosperity and trust and migrate from greed and deception. International conferences I believe, play a vital role in transformation, creating space in which individuals are able to exchange ideas, learn new perspectives, appreciate their differences and through newfound relationships can come up with creative solutions.
I presented a poster which highlighted a unique combination of innovative practices. It was even suggested by some of the conference participants that this hybrid for the enterprise (which I call a bridging enterprise and open community of practice) could be a way to update how innovation incubators are run and staffed. The concept of open communities providing an innovative force is nothing new. What is new is the providing of a facilitative bridging role wherein the community works together to improve and innovate products or processes. [This concept is different than crowd sourcing or open innovation. In these cases, one works alone (to accomplish tasks as with crowd sourcing) or with other experts - as defined by open innovation (usually related to IT and other engineering endeavors).]
Perhaps current western incubator models do not work as well where the persona and values of the participants are quite different from where the models originate. This is food for thought, and I see a need to expand upon this in later posts.
Today starts the conference with registration I an interested to listen and to present my progress on my dissertation. The question is does the study of innovation help those who need to deploy new methods and consideration? Will what I have found contribute? I will be blogging on the topics of discussion over the next few days.Also are innovative practices culture dependent? Are there difference in groups of people— some being more inquisitive then others as a function of culture? These questions might not have come up if this was a US based conference. Very interesting perspectives. Very ernest in finding solutions for economic development.
Article annotation: Putting Creativity to Work: The Implementation of Creative Ideas in Organizations (Baer, 2012)
Baer (2012) discussed the fact that ideas are useless unless they have a specific recognizable process to support idea implementation. Baer also suggested that people need to have a social setting which helps the idea materialize and validate. the study argued that individuals that had high motivation (whether intrinsic or extrinsic) to move their ideas forward with the support of a strong social network and strong buy-in ties (advocacy, mentorship, leader buy-in) were more likely factor toward influencing implementation of the idea into a product, process or service.
The outcome suggested by Baer (2012) is that a manager must balance both intrinsic and extrinsic motivations and they must understand which their employees value more (intrinsic or extrinsic) and balance a the motivational rewards accordingly. Another outcome of the study suggests that by promoting collaboration and providing an environment that provides ways for employees to gather is also a very influential factor in getting creative ideas that have greater potential for implementation. For instance organizations could leverage communities of practice, lunch and learns, quarterly idea briefings or even knowledge jams to promote greater networking ability.
If your organization relies on employees to support the innovation process, one must take the time to develop four areas below.
1) management must closely understand employee motivations and be able to act on those motivations, in a systematic and predictable way. For example if the employee is motivated primarily by intrinsic means they may value autonomy and greater self mastery. Managers must be willing and have the ability to enable these concepts systematically. Which means the organization needs to think about how extrinsic and intrinsic motivation are implemented.
2) management should provide an environment where collaboration is encouraged and must provide a platform that is safe for individuals to network.
3) management must have a consistent way for those with ideas to socialize whether in communities of practice or in other structures.
4) consistent implementation of expected outcome is also critical to idea and potential innovation utilization.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My final reflection for 2012 considers one of the huge paradigms that is arisen in the last few years - the rapidly increasing desire for people to connect (hence the rise of social media). These connections are, for the first time, shaping the way businesses behave and more often now, try to take financial advantage of the masses with unpopular agreements or addendum’s. But these organizations will not last long if they behave without integrity. Many governments have already taken steps to constrict the newfound online voice of the people (China, middle east, even Russia now is tightening up). The leaders don’t want to allow any unsupportive voices and they don’t want to change their ways. These new voices will not be held back. Governmental controls to suppress it will not work, because truth will win in the long run.
In 2013 we will watch, and hold the feet (of those who say they are) our representatives to the fires of truth, compromise, understanding, compassion. Hopefully this new social community (of very diverse views) can encourage our representatives to behave in a unifying manner. Do not let those who would divide us because of ideological rhetoric, cause us to take our eyes off the ball (of integrity). The peoples’ priorities are peace, a way to make a living, time to love our families, pursue dreams of what is possible, healthy food, open communication, good education for our children and for ourselves. We want to be able to worship in any way we desire. Now, how those things are pursued in the coming year will be unique to each of us, but I’m sure we can agree that these are still the values that bind us, not tear us asunder.
Let’s be the ones to remember - we have more in common then we recognize. Let 2013 be a year of unity around greater possibilities - for we are one people.
Goethe stood out in his time, a brilliant ‘renaissance person’. He was an explorer of art, literature, philosophy and science. Like so many of our most brilliant men and women throughout history, he seemed to be a ‘whole-brained’ and ‘multi-faceted’ man. These types of individuals, who have intense curiosity in many areas of interest, can access a deeper well of creativity to draw from - and a wider range of solutions.
Single mindedness - a individual in pursuit of answers - has become a relic of the past. Unity mindedness however, allows for some focused thinking and unique personal realities, but also enables action from a unified perspective which is to acknowledge, respect and appreciate the knowledge of others (no matter their background, educational level, or credentials) and thus leverage a maximum exposure to the diversity of thought.
Having an array of experiences certainly expands one’s creative capacity. Obviously, when we draw from many viewpoints and perspectives, one is able to more effectively construct, from ones own heart and intellect, what is ‘truth’ for one’s self.
Despair/anger/frustration arises when we cannot see other solutions, when we are trapped by our own paradigms and dogma. For the modern day ‘renaissance person’, who has a much wider range of experiences to draw from, these negative emotions are less likely to attack.
I suggest, when planning your 2013, to include scheduling in some ‘out of the box ’ experiences… some unusual and exciting events that can expand you beyond your paradigms and open you to the outrageous solutions that are just waiting.
Pope John XXIII
When we consult our fears, they will always push out our dreams and hopefulness. When I think about organizations currently behave, from this perspective, I see how structure of organizational consciousness could encompass the unfulfilled creative potential of the individuals that contribute to the organization. Generally, the organizational structure deems that people focus on failure mitigation and rarely on what is possible. Appreciating where one is, without fixating on the failures or problems, creates the potential to construct a new vision (Appreciative Inquiry).
As Pope John said, “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do”. We need more potentiality-based thinking, and with that comes the solution to many of our current problems as well.