- Published: June 2002
Learning to Innovate: Exploring Learning's Critical Role in Fostering Innovation
- Published: August 2011
- Region: United States
- 42 Pages
- ASTD - American Society for Training and Development
It is one thing to come up with a new idea, but it is another thing entirely to put that idea into action.
Creativity is about ideas and the creation of something new, while innovation is the practical application of creativity.
The learning function can and should play a critical role in developing and sustaining the innovative culture that is the hallmark of successful organizations.
The question of aptitude for innovation is one that sparks nature versus nurture debates; and while it might not be possible to teach someone to be creative, it is possible to develop and enhance qualities in a workforce that support a culture of innovation.
The ability to actively promote, develop, and sustain a culture of innovation has become a matter of paramount importance for many organizations. While innovation takes different shapes and plays various roles within organizations, the learning function is uniquely positioned to ensure that a culture of innovation is not only created, but that it flourishes. Innovation does not occur in a vacuum; the right approaches and strategies utilized by an engaged learning function can be critical to innovation and ultimately, an organization's success.
To that end, the learning function itself must learn to nurture innovation rather than stifle it. Traditional learning approaches that focus on compliance, prescribed definitions, disciplinary boundaries, and a focus on knowledge depth rather than breadth can in fact inhibit innovation (Prince, 2009).
Learning to Innovate: Exploring Learning's Critical Role in Fostering Innovation (hereafter, the Study) is intended to examine the importance of innovation and the ways learning influences innovation. Specific focus will differentiate the practices of high-performing organizations from their lower-performing counterparts.
Some of the issues and topics addressed include:
- the role of innovation in high-performance organizations
- sources of innovation
- recognition of innovation as a competency
- learning strategies that foster innovation
- roadblocks that inhibit innovation. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
- Executive Summary
- Section 1: The Innovation Culture
- Section 2: Where Does Innovation Begin?
- Section 3: Learning'S Role In Innovation
- Section 4: Innovation Strategies
- Section 5: Innovation At Work
- Conclusion And Policy Recommendations
- About The Authors And Contributors
- About The Contributing Organizations
- Appendix: Innovation And Learning Survey Overview
List of Figures:
Figure 1: Innovation's Importance
Figure 2: The Missing Culture Of Innovation
Figure 3: Innovation Comes From The Top
Figure 4: Sources Of Innovation
Figure 5: The Learning & Innovation Link
Figure 6: Learning's Influence On Innovation
Figure 7: Innovation As A Competence
Figure 8: Addressing Innovation Gaps
Figure 9: Roadblocks To Innovation
Figure 10: Innovation Tools
Figure 11: Learning Strategies For Innovation
- intrepid learning solutions
- Wells Fargo
- United Health Group
- Hilton Worldwide