A Classification and Process of Systematic Innovation
A classification for the field of systematic innovation is proposed. A Systematic Innovation Process (SIP) derived from observations of business practices is proposed and exemplified. Time-wise, the SIP is a series of phases and stages which link the planned business processes from business opportunity identification to technology details to cross-industry application exploitation of newly developed technology/tools/products. Resource-wise, the SIP provides a platform to integrate heterogeneous resources and tools such as TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving), non-TRIZ tools, and more opportunity identification and problem solving techniques for systematic innovation. Unlike brain-storming type innovation activities which are often ad-hoc and highly dependent on luck, systematic innovation is regarding the systematic development of innovative problem solving and/or opportunity identification. The proposed SIP is based on authors’ observations of industry practices and has not been described elsewhere before. The framework integrated the full phases of systematic innovation processes providing a structured process to enable companies systematically identifying business opportunities and key problems, solving problems, and leveraging developed tools/products/technologies for cross-industry exploitations. This SIP also allows for the integration of various tools and knowledge within the overall systematic and cyclic process to support systematic innovation.
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