The Hot topic of Collaboration and Innovation

22 Mar

Collaboration is, apparently, a hot topic of discussion in Innovation these days. Not that it’s all that new – but it certainly is hot. More than a passing trend, it’s surely just a concept whose time has finally come after years of flirting with the edges of corporate credibility.

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Now, the drive toward a more socialized business structure is firmly on course thanks to the penetration of Web2.0 technologies not just through business, but through our personal lives too – the resulting effect being a gradual cultural change towards accepting a universe where the exchange of information and knowledge in a seamless, timeless, and social manner is quickly becoming “the way we do things”.

Organisations have been quick to join the initiative as visible value is finally being derived from social collaborative initiatives – and corporate innovation processes have been at the forefront of those driving that value. As a result, collaboration practices are now considered “de rigeur” for any innovation program looking to be taken seriously by corporate executives and shareholders alike.

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Though there are some contradictions, whilst collaboration may well be the “new hot thing”, in most organisations, its use is still very limited – even within innovation functions – where it can be most commonly found on either “end” of the innovation process.

It would certainly be interesting to explore how some of the more innovative firms are incorporating Collaboration as part of their overall innovation strategy. It would be interesting to know if it is constructive of obstructive in nature for an organisation’s innovation.

Saludo,

From Melbourne Australia

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Ivan Silva

The Orakul

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