EXPERIENCES WITH IDEA PROMOTING INITIATIVES: WHY THEY DON'T ALWAYS WORK

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2011

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In new product development a central activity is to provide new ideas. Over the last decades experiences with stimulating employee creativity and establishing idea promoting initiatives have been made in industrial practice. Such initiatives are often labeled Idea Management – a research field with a growing interest. In this paper I examine three different idea promoting initiatives carried out in Grundfos, a leading pump manufacturer. In the analysis I address what understandings of idea work are inscribed in the initiatives and what role these initiatives play in the organization with respect to idea work. Furthermore I look into what makes these initiatives ‘work’ or ‘not work’. The analysis builds on an in-depth case study made in Grundfos based on 40 interviews with R&D professionals and managers. The managerial implications of the study are that managers should be aware of what understandings of idea work are inscribed in the idea promoting initiatives as they to some degree have to fit with the understandings embedded in practice in order to work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society through Engineering Design
Number of pages448
VolumeVol.3 Design Organisation and Management
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2011
Pages83-92
ISBN (print)978-1-904670-23-0
StatePublished

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
Number18
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period15/08/1118/08/11
Internet addresshttp://www.iced11.org/

Keywords

  • Case study, Idea management, Change programs, Idea Work, Socio-technical
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