Innovation Psychology

  • The Industrial Menopause and What to Do About It

    The Industrial Menopause and What to Do About It

    March 5, 2014 | By:

    It seems to be more or less a fact that the more mature a company is, the harder it is to produce something totally new that deviates substantially to what has been done earlier. In order to understand this phenomenon better Bengt Järrehult makes a comparison between human and industrial life, trying to elucidate the similarities and differences between the 2 worlds.

  • Innovation and Personality Types

    Innovation and Personality Types

    December 12, 2013 | By:

    How come that upper middle managers and entrepreneurs look at things in different ways? The answer lies partly in their personality types. It is known that certain personality types work better in certain situations than other. This is also valid for the innovation area, as Bengt Järrehult describes below.

  • Leaders’ Dual Roles When Managing Innovation

    Leaders’ Dual Roles When Managing Innovation

    September 11, 2013 | By:

    Leaders have dual roles when managing innovation. In a bottom-up role, they stimulate innovative results as they facilitate ideas and initiative coming from individuals and teams. In a top-down role, leaders are the primary means for the organization to realize its innovation goals and strategies. A fundamental challenge is to balance these two roles.

  • The Importance of Stupid, Irrational Decisions

    The Importance of Stupid, Irrational Decisions

    September 6, 2013 | By:

    Summer is for relaxing, but also for reading books in more depth. During his vacation Bengt Järrehult read Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking Fast and Slow for the second time and more thoroughly. Here are Bengt’s thoughts on how Prospect Theory applies to innovation related decisions – the decisions that may seem stupid and irrational – but are they really?

  • Cascading Change Versus Viral Change

    Cascading Change Versus Viral Change

    July 1, 2013 | By:

    “Everything has changed, even change has changed” is a proverb that is increasingly true. In this article Bengt Järrehult will describe the good old top-down or cascading approach compared to a more bottom-up or viral way.

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    Top Six Components of a Creative Climate

    May 22, 2013 | By:

    Are you thinking about ways to transform your workplace into an environment more conducive to innovation? This article takes a closer look at six components of creative climates that have shown to be significant at facilitating creativity according to new research.

  • What's the Point – on the Issue of Feedback

    What’s the Point – on the Issue of Feedback

    April 23, 2013 | By:

    To take a coarse idea and refine it and evolve it into a successful innovation is extremely challenging. It is not enough to believe in yourself and feel strongly about the potential of the end result. You have to have support. Last week Susanna got a smack in her head that made her realize some essentials about innovation.

  • Measuring Innovation part 2: Dark Innovation

    Measuring Innovation part 2: Dark Innovation

    April 4, 2013 | By:

    Many activities in organizations that are considered innovative risk being missed if we solely use the standard toolkit to measure innovation. In this article we will look at three types of scales that measure intangible aspects of innovation that are easily added to the toolkit of any organization.

  • Getting Out of the Commodity Trap – Part II

    Getting Out of the Commodity Trap – Part II

    March 12, 2013 | By:

    The basics of Prospect Theory by Daniel Kahneman tell us that we hate to lose 3 times more than we love to win. This mindset, probably deeply engraved in our DNA, has implications on the way we develop and brand our products as we are more prone to reduce the drawbacks we have relative to our competitors rather than to improve our advantages. According to Bengt Järrehult this leads to commoditization.

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    Look Beyond Given Truths to Find Innovative Thinking

    March 6, 2013 | By:

    Are you in a “more of the same mode” in your innovation work? In this article Susanna Bill uses two real-life examples to remind us of the need to see beyond given truths. We need to keep our eyes and ears open for the triggers presented by others. She also returns to a “golden-oldie” exercise to put ourselves off balance and open up our thinking for new opportunities.

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    Getting Out of the Commodity Trap – Part 1

    February 26, 2013 | By:

    Has your product lost competitive advantage? If your customers cannot differentiate your product from those of your competitors, most likely you have fallen into the “commodity trap”. The following article explores how this harmful phenomenon can be better understood and ultimately avoided by studying the dynamics within flocks of birds.

  • Frequently used indicators to measure innovation

    Measuring Innovation part 1: Frequently Used Indicators

    February 15, 2013 | By:

    One of the most common questions people ask me is how I measure innovation when conducting my research. The question echoes an underlying concern about how innovation can be captured and adequately measured. In this article I delineate the most frequently used innovation indicators, their strengths, and their drawbacks.

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    Ever Heard of the Groan Zone?

    January 29, 2013 | By:

    The switch from divergent to convergent thinking in innovation workshops is smooth in literature but extremely tough in reality. In this article Susanna Bill explains how she was on the verge of making a huge mistake until she learned about the middle component between divergence and convergence: the groan zone.

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    Two Cultural Values that May Shape Personal Innovativeness

    January 18, 2013 | By:

    How do cultural values influence innovative thinking and behaviors? There has been some research but the field is still young. In this article I attempt to summarize the current thinking regarding two cultural values and their implications for personal innovativeness.

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    7 Ways to be Creative

    January 15, 2013 | By:

    When faced with the question “Are you creative?” I have found that only the half of the audiences I speak to consider themselves creative. This is true even when you talk to people that are supposed to be creative in developing products or market plans. As innovation is partly depending on guts to dare, something that comes from self-confidence, I think it is time that we stretch our old opinion on what creativity is all about – here are 7 different ways to be creative. I am sure you can find yourself described at least in a couple of them.

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