Innovation as a Two-sided Coin with Special Consideration of Analogies
Keywords:innovation, analogy, systems thinking, Darwin
AbstractInnovation is not only fruitful, it can also be harmful and might even cause serious damage within the organization or within its environment. Based on a systems thinking perspective it is therefore the main objective within this paper to have a look at the often overlooked – and at first glance negative - side effects, and their interaction with the fruitful effects of an innovation-orientated organization. Or to put it differently, the objective is to provide a holistic perspective of innovation from a systems thinking point of view. The origin and underlying mechanisms are of core interest. Further, inappropriate application of the analogy-based generation of innovation and potential counteractions is discussed. Similar to Fritjof Capra’s thoughts on a dynamic balance between Yin and Yang, various different effects on innovation and creativity have to be taken into account. The second part of this paper discusses a specific example of a potential fruitful outcome along with a simultaneously potential harmful outcome and,the application of analogy-based learning for technical and socio-economic development with special regard to Darwin’s concept of natural evolution.
How to Cite
Steiner, G. (2006). Innovation as a Two-sided Coin with Special Consideration of Analogies. Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2006, Sonoma, CA, USA. Retrieved from https://journals.isss.org/index.php/proceedings50th/article/view/340
Systems Applications in Business & Industry