New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Innovation is seen as the universal savior and has two elements – generating ideas and delivering value to the stakeholders. In today’s competitive scenario, ‘making innovation work’ has become a strategic imperative. The ‘working of innovation’ depends on processes, technology and individuals. While ample work has been done on developing processes and technologies, little work has been done on developing individuals responsible for ‘making innovation work’.
We have developed a framework for catalyzing the development of the “innovation” competency through a day-long workshop. We have delivered twenty-two different iterations over the last seven years in multiple countries, serving more than 800 individuals of varied backgrounds such as industry professionals, research scientists, government officials, college faculty, and undergraduate and post-graduate students. All workshops except for those delivered to researchers and a BPO industry received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The two exceptions were looking for customized canned advice and provided “average” to “above average” feedback for the workshops.
This paper describes the framework of the workshop, which is used to come up with different designs based on the target audience. The framework is based on the following principles: (a) Creativity can be taught; (b) Student-centered learning such as, team- and project-based learning, active learning and case-study-based learning are the best methods for developing innovative competencies; and (c) Diversity enhances the innovation throughput. The paper concludes by analyzing feedback from the multitude of workshops.
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