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Strategic Innovation: Embedding Innovation as a Core Competency in Your Organization by Nancy Tennant Snyder, Deborah L. Duarte

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CHAPTER SEVEN

Knowledge Management and Learning Systems: Democratizing Innovation

Innovation from everyone and everywhere necessitates believing that all people are inherently creative, engaged, and eager to make a difference. This perspective posits a world where all individuals possess an innate ability and capacity to create and innovate toward the goals of the firm. In adopting this view, two fundamental questions become critical:

  • How do we evoke the potential for everyone to be an innovator?
  • How do we channel that energy into innovations that drive the economic engine of the corporation?

These questions are clearly complex and their answers multifaceted. From an organizational point of view, they automatically raise issues regarding skill ...

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