By Tamara Carleton.
How do you change culture to support change?
Whether it is open innovation, portfolio management, or customer-centered innovation, implementing a new innovation framework often means changing an organization’s culture.
I have teamed up with William Cockayne, who oversees the Foresight and Innovation program at Stanford University, and Yuriko Sawatani, a professor at the Center for Research Strategy at Waseda University in Japan, to edit a forthcoming special issue of Research-Technology Management about Driving Cultural Transformation.
Our lens is innovation. We want to bring forward real-world stories of turnaround, experimentation, and failure when attempting to develop a more innovative internal culture. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the approaches and practices that leaders and teams have used to introduce far-reaching visions, create new alignments, build coalitions, implant staff development programs, foster new learning habits, and measure internal conversion, among other related topics.
Do you have a story to tell? Are you in the middle of designing—or even redesigning—a group’s internal culture to be more innovative, and which areas are proving to be the stickiest points and why? We welcome stories, as well as practical lessons and advice, from all types of organizations and regions across industry, academia, and government work about what it means to drive cultural transformation.
See the call for papers on submission details, and my associates and I would be glad to hear your thoughts and ideas anytime.
If you would like to invite others to add their examples to the mix, please use this quick link when posting to social media outlets: http://tinyurl.com/lg4z62v.
And if you aren’t familiar with Research-Technology Management, it is the award-winning journal of the Industrial Research Institute focused on the practice of innovation. Since 1958, RTM has published peer-reviewed articles that map the cutting edge in R&D management, illustrate how management theory can be applied to real situations, and give R&D managers the tools to promote innovation throughout their organizations.
This is an ideal forum to learn from others who are also creating—and changing—innovation cultures.