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Simplicity and Complexity

Simplicity and Complexity One of the most intriguing parts of innovation for me personally is the multidimensional paradox that innovation represents. At once, innovation can be incredibly complicated, while at the same time, annoyingly simple. Innovation can rise up from nowhere and take you by surprise, or it can be a well thought out and strategic exercise for whom organizations plan and prepare. Innovation science is the process of understanding and somehow making sense of this paradox. The papers this month demonstrate the very real paradox innovators face in their jobs, whether that position be a formal innovation position or informal. For example, I-TRIZ: Anyone Can Innovate on Demand demonstrates that a little known Soviet era innovation tool, requiring hundreds of hours of training and experience can be broken down into a relatively and deceptively simple useful/harmful paradigm. Looking at any product or feature as harmful or useful is magically elegant in its simplicity. Of course, TRIZ isn’t as simple as harmful/useful taken as a whole, but looking at it from that perspective is a refreshing view of an extremely complex innovation tool. Modeling an Innovation Ecosystem with Adaptive Agents is an attempt to use agents to model extremely complex systems; systems http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation Science Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1757-2223
DOI
10.1260/1757-2223.3.2.i
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Abstract

One of the most intriguing parts of innovation for me personally is the multidimensional paradox that innovation represents. At once, innovation can be incredibly complicated, while at the same time, annoyingly simple. Innovation can rise up from nowhere and take you by surprise, or it can be a well thought out and strategic exercise for whom organizations plan and prepare. Innovation science is the process of understanding and somehow making sense of this paradox. The papers this month demonstrate the very real paradox innovators face in their jobs, whether that position be a formal innovation position or informal. For example, I-TRIZ: Anyone Can Innovate on Demand demonstrates that a little known Soviet era innovation tool, requiring hundreds of hours of training and experience can be broken down into a relatively and deceptively simple useful/harmful paradigm. Looking at any product or feature as harmful or useful is magically elegant in its simplicity. Of course, TRIZ isn’t as simple as harmful/useful taken as a whole, but looking at it from that perspective is a refreshing view of an extremely complex innovation tool. Modeling an Innovation Ecosystem with Adaptive Agents is an attempt to use agents to model extremely complex systems; systems

Journal

International Journal of Innovation ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2011

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