A Platform for Innovation

March 2004
Reflections;2004, Vol. 5 Issue 6, p1
Academic Journal
Even in a company that trades in the development of new ideas, executives cannot compel innovative thinking. The author says in his experience, traditional management practices— reporting structures, goals, and incentives— do little to support most knowledge work. However, as a young medical researcher, he learned that there were three things one must do to advance learning. One must observe, develop hypothesis and experiment. He says that's what he does as a manager. He says he spends a lot of time observing, developing a theory and designs some experiments.


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