Innovation and the Creative Process

Innovation and the Creative Process

Towards Innovation with Care

New Horizons in the Economics of Innovation series

Edited by Lars Fuglsang

This book explores new frameworks and methods of understanding and analysing innovation. These are set against a backdrop of ‘innovation with care’, which is seen as a phenomenon that takes place among many actors with different perspectives, ideas and cultures that must be carefully woven together in order to achieve the benefits of innovation.

Chapter 13: Making Innovation Durable

Connie Svabo

Subjects: business and management, knowledge management, organisational innovation, innovation and technology, knowledge management, organisational innovation

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Connie Svabo This chapter examines innovation in the context of the small scale fashion industry. The chapter tells a story of the struggles of translating innovative ideas into material forms, and shows that the work of innovation consists of continuous attempts to create material order. Hardy negotiations are involved when innovative ideas are given durable form. The process of materialization is a complex process, where abstract ideas may meet material obstacles and textural boundaries. Innovation, thus, is a continuous process of negotiating material realities. The main points of the chapter are that innovation is a continuous process of working for order. Very often, material objects are central in fixing and materializing an innovative idea. This chapter argues that it does not make sense to talk about innovation without focusing on the materialities which the innovative efforts are centered around. Innovation is viewed as a process which works against a background of fluidity, of continuous decay and disintegration. Central to innovative efforts are two things: materializations – working at and with physical objects – and conversational processes which aim at sharing perspectives on the innovation activities. Processes of innovation are processes of social and material conversation and negotiation. The concept of innovation with care points to relations between the diverse sets of actors which may participate in innovation, and the advice that these relations must be handled with care – that they must be worked at and bridged together. This chapter suggests that this bridging is undertaken with explicit attention to the...

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