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Letter from the Editors

Letter from the Editors We at the IJIS continue to be amazed at the fluidity and dynamic nature of innovation. It seems that as soon as we feel like we are getting a handle on innovation another contributing author causes us to take pause and ponder our own understanding again. For example, in the edition, Hakkarainen writes that the Innovation Funnel is a fallacy. This title took me by surprise when I first read it, but he makes many interesting comments resulting in an unsettling feeling that I may be mistaken. An illustration I really enjoyed in this paper is the pond full of frogs’ analogy; that as far as innovation goes, you should not push everything through a funnel. Instead you should pick up each of the frogs in the pond, kiss it, see which one might be an enchanted prince. Upon finding a prince, one should school it in the ways of a king and let the rest go back to the pond (perhaps to be kissed again later). In the Ortega paper, they authors did a very nice job of making the point that socially focused organizations (or any for that matter) should utilize social impact models in determining a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation Science Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1757-2223
DOI
10.1260/1757-2223.6.2.i
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Abstract

We at the IJIS continue to be amazed at the fluidity and dynamic nature of innovation. It seems that as soon as we feel like we are getting a handle on innovation another contributing author causes us to take pause and ponder our own understanding again. For example, in the edition, Hakkarainen writes that the Innovation Funnel is a fallacy. This title took me by surprise when I first read it, but he makes many interesting comments resulting in an unsettling feeling that I may be mistaken. An illustration I really enjoyed in this paper is the pond full of frogs’ analogy; that as far as innovation goes, you should not push everything through a funnel. Instead you should pick up each of the frogs in the pond, kiss it, see which one might be an enchanted prince. Upon finding a prince, one should school it in the ways of a king and let the rest go back to the pond (perhaps to be kissed again later). In the Ortega paper, they authors did a very nice job of making the point that socially focused organizations (or any for that matter) should utilize social impact models in determining a

Journal

International Journal of Innovation ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2014

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