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Enthusiasm in the development of radical innovations
Article Type: Abstracts From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 16, Issue 3.
Sandberg B. Creativity and Innovation Management, September 2007, Vol. 16 No. 3, Start page: 265, No. of pages: 9
Purpose analyses how enthusiasm contributes to radical innovation and considers the factors that affects its creation and maintenance throughout the innovation process. Design/methodology/approach identifies four drivers of enthusiasm the behaviour of champions, the achievement of personal results, networking and business performance. Also identifies eight “gaps” that will decrease enthusiasm gaps in time, help, commitment, trust, reflection, openness, results and engagement. Analyses case studies of 51 Finnish innovations and evaluates the role that enthusiasm played in their achievement. Based on this develops a model of the drivers and inhibitors of enthusiasm during an innovation project. Findings concludes that the drivers of enthusiasm at the ideas-generation stage and the development stage of innovation are personal results, behaviour of champions and networking, and that the drivers of enthusiasm at the launch stage are personal results, business performance and networking. Concludes that the inhibitors of enthusiasm are gaps in commitment, trust, engagement and results within the company and development partners at the development stage and gaps in commitment, trust, engagement and help at the launch stage. Overall, underlines the role that enthusiasm plays in supporting innovation. Research limitations/ implications describes the research methods. Originality/value highlights the impact that enthusiasm has on the achievement of radical innovation.ISSN: 0963-1690Reference: 36AY910
Keywords: Creativity, Employee attitudes, Finland, Innovation, Motivation