Designing Innovation as Collective Creation
Edited by Diane Nijs
Chapter 3: LENS: a big shift in science – seeing change and innovation as a matter of emergence
This chapter answers two questions: What is the new lens of complex living systems all about and how can it make us more effective innovators today? The chapter is designed to offer those new to complexity science a first understanding of the basic principles, processes, dynamics and implications for leadership and management. The chapter explains the concept of a worldview or lens and shows how they evolve in a very natural way using some well-known examples. The implications of this lens for management and leadership are then described, as well as the specific implications for complex innovation challenges. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the reasons why this lens is not more popular than it is, especially when it can make us more effective innovators. The theory is illustrated by two examples from the field of healthcare.
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