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Through the membranes: Reflections on how we depict ideas for innovation
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (Industriell ekonomi och organisation, Industrial Economics and Organisation)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6823-4925
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article, just like innovation processes, revolves around ideas; ideas that has to be instigated, developed and put to use before they become organizational and societal innovations. Innovation ideas are in this respect quite complex and contextual. At the same time, the symbol commonly used for depicting ideas is quite simple and generic - a light bulb. Even though we are satisfied with the current situation, we might ask ourselves how would a communicative idea symbol fit for innovation look like? Symbols are adopted through a process of social consent. In that perspective, it appears pointless to challenge current use in order to replace the light bulb. The aim of the article is though not thus. Instead, it is to start a research dialogue on current use of preferred symbols for organizational innovation. The article describes how ideas are developed at the rim of formal organizations before penetrating the boundary getting in; and secondly how ideas need to penetrate the boundary of the organization getting out at launch. Hence, innovation can be viewed as a process of developing ideas in order to penetrate membranes. The article suggests a new symbol for ideas as “enlightened paths on a black orb”

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Innovation, Ideation management, innovation semantics, symbols, light bulb
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Business Administration
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Innovation and Design; Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-38363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-38363DiVA, id: diva2:1178186
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5th Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C), Eskilstuna, 11-13th January 2018
Available from: 2018-01-29 Created: 2018-01-29 Last updated: 2018-01-29Bibliographically approved

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