Igniting innovation: inspiring organizations by managing creativity

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Wiley, Aug 6, 1996 - Business & Economics - 222 pages
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"The focus has shifted from encouraging individuals to come up with the Big Idea to building innovation into the companys processes." Management Today UK 1995. Are you an innovative manager? How much do you agree or disagree with these statements?
  • We need management of current ideas rather than new ideas
  • Failure is noticed even more than successful work in business; therefore risks should be avoided
  • Superiors ought to have clear opinions about what is to be done and push them through
  • It is sensible to decide about innovations at as high a level as possible
  • I try to arrange work schedules so that staff have time to create and develop new ideas
  • Management succeeds if it is able to increase output without increasing personnel
  • The objectives of innovative activities have to be concrete, realistic and obtainable
And another? A managers behavioural characteristics strongly influence the innovativeness of the entire organization. Igniting Innovation makes it very clear that a high level of managerial innovativeness is the common denominator uniting overall strategic development. Innovation works!

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About the Authors Kari Lampikoski leads innovative projects at The Institute of Marketing Helsinki, Finland and management group membership in Helsinki as well as Brussels, Belgium. For more than twenty years Dr Lampikoski has been active in creativity and innovative management training and research and is Senior Lecturer in these subjects at The Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. His busy schedule of teaching and research throughout Europe, North America and the Far East includes leading the EU Commission supported Trans-European development program of Quality Management in the Service Industries. For the last twenty years Jack B. Emden has been Managing Director for European Operations of SMI International, a worldwide training and consulting group. He is co-founder of Innovative Management Associates based in Wiesbaden, Germany. He has personally worked as trainer and consultant to multinational corporations including General Motors, Chevron Oil, Philip Morris, Citicorp and IVECO and many others. These activities, carried out in twenty five countries and in five languages, have given him a rare insight into operational functions at all levels of management and sales.

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