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Letter from the Editors: University Programs for Teaching Innovation

Letter from the Editors: University Programs for Teaching Innovation Letter from the Editors: University Programs for Teaching Innovation Out of our personal experiences consulting, training and teaching innovation, we have become concerned with the misunderstanding and misuse of the term, “innovation”. Unfortunately, we in the academic field are partially to blame for the lack of innovation understanding. This is due to a number of factors, including a lack of innovation formalization, which is also due in part to the amount of time it takes to formalize a program inside academia, train students, index journals such as ours and move the students into the workforce. In a fast moving environment such as innovation, by the time we formalize the process, organizations have adopted the imperfect methodologies, failed and moved on to something else. Sadly, we have seen, time and time again, medium to large organizations’ with entire “innovation” departments with little or no formal training in innovation. While there are many reasons for this problem, the best we can do is to better recognize business trends and quickly develop programs inside our organizations. Opinions in our universe of advisors include a lack of innovation incentives (a lack of formal indexed journals that give us no where to publish). Some http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation Science Emerald Publishing

Letter from the Editors: University Programs for Teaching Innovation

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1757-2223
DOI
10.1260/1757-2223.4.3.i
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Abstract

Letter from the Editors: University Programs for Teaching Innovation Out of our personal experiences consulting, training and teaching innovation, we have become concerned with the misunderstanding and misuse of the term, “innovation”. Unfortunately, we in the academic field are partially to blame for the lack of innovation understanding. This is due to a number of factors, including a lack of innovation formalization, which is also due in part to the amount of time it takes to formalize a program inside academia, train students, index journals such as ours and move the students into the workforce. In a fast moving environment such as innovation, by the time we formalize the process, organizations have adopted the imperfect methodologies, failed and moved on to something else. Sadly, we have seen, time and time again, medium to large organizations’ with entire “innovation” departments with little or no formal training in innovation. While there are many reasons for this problem, the best we can do is to better recognize business trends and quickly develop programs inside our organizations. Opinions in our universe of advisors include a lack of innovation incentives (a lack of formal indexed journals that give us no where to publish). Some

Journal

International Journal of Innovation ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2012

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