Published on November 16, 2018
Role of Individual in Innovation: Role of Individual in Innovation Dr. G C Mohanta , BE( Mech ), MSc( Engg ), MBA, PhD(Mgt) Professor Al- Qurmoshi Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad - 500005 Role of Individual in Innovation: Role of Individual in Innovation Role of individual in innovation can be formal or semi-formal position/function within an organisation that is recognised as helping the innovation process. That may be an explicit part of job description or may be more informal role that the individual voluntarily takes on. Innovation roles can help the innovation process by providing clarity around the expectations of who does what in an innovation process. In the case of an organization, it might involve who will go for help if one has an idea and wants to introduce. Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.): Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.) Individual Innovation role as follows can assist across all stages of the innovation process. Idea sources - The person or people with the idea is the idea source. The source’s appreciation of the innovation process may be significant. The source may or may not want to take the idea forward themselves. Idea generation (finding, adapting or creating the ideas) – This role can help the idea generation by identifying the support available to idea proponents in refining or improving their idea. Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.): Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.) Idea selection (picking which ideas to use) – This role can help with the selection process. There needs to be someone with the responsibility for considering the idea and a process by which it can be selected, deferred or rejected. Idea implementation (putting the ideas into practice) – This role provides clarity over who is responsible for the implementation of an idea and how that fits with their existing job or responsibilities. Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.): Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.) Sustaining ideas (keeping the ideas going) – This role helps in ensuring that an idea’s implementation is sustained. Many ideas can come after their initial implementation unless the ongoing responsibilities for integrating them into the broader operations of the organization are clear. Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.): Role of Individual in Innovation (Contd.) Idea diffusion (spreading the ideas and the insights about them) – This role helps in idea diffusion and spreading of the ideas through the organisation . This role can make it easier for the ideas to move between silos by facilitating channels for idea exchange. This role can also make it easier for those coming up with ideas to know what has been tried before, what has worked or why it has worked.