SOFT FACTORS

There are key success factors that lead to an innovation process. “The analysis suggests that fundamental building blocks for a successful innovation process can be categorized under five leading themes. First, a culture and climate that support innovation; second, a strategy that facilitates the innovation process to serve a purpose; third; resources that enable implementation of the plan; fourth, networks that link the internal and external realities; and fifth, the process that brings structure, measurability and controllability into the system (Rintala, 2005).

TABLE 6.2 Building Blocks Cross Referenced to Soft Factors and Structural/Process Elements

Building Block

Soft Factor

Culture and Climate that support innovation

Factor 1: Type of Leadership Factor 2: Culture and Climate Factor 3: Human Mindset

Strategy that facilitates the innovation process

Factor 4: Innovation Management Process Design Capability

Resources that Enable Implementation of the Plan

Structural and process elements, such as Job Descriptions, Governance Structure, Organization Structure, Compensation Plans, Contracts, Human Capital Management

Networks that link the internal and external realities

Factor 6: Contracts

Process that brings structure, measurability and controllability into the system

Factor 4: Innovation Management Process Design Capability

Building Block Soft Factor

Adapted from Source: Rintala, Pekka. Agile Innovation Management—A Proposal for an Express Assessment Tool. Master’s Thesis, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland, 2011. With Permission.

Table 6.2 associates building blocks to the soft factors that support innovation. There are more things associated with each building block, such as tools that would enable networks, or business strategy definition and some of these are also illustrated.

 
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