Coursera – Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations

Coursera – Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations – very insightful and entertaining course!  “Thinking outside the box” becomes a completely different concept after watching the lectures and pondering the concepts.  there are constraints – they are “the box” and the “thinking” should consider “the box” to be successful.

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The class rightfully points out that successful innovation is the innovation that has a chance to be implemented.  A successful idea should satisfy several constraints.  Though some constraints seem to be obvious, such as technological constraints and societal constraints, other constraints are particularly interesting, such as organizational constraints.

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Particularly interesting: Organizational constraints – strategy constraints.  The innovation may be in conflict with the company’s strategy; in this case it would be rejected by the organization.  The important part for organization is to have a strategy, and also to make sure that this strategy is communicated to employees.

The class describes an excellent example of a case study – Segway – to explain constraints and what can be easily overlooked.

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Oh, yes, the recommendation to start small needs to be highlighted in my notes – I have made the mistake of trying larger projects before 😉

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Highly recommend the course!

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