May 30, 2018
Innovation is not only about having an innovative technology or science; it is also about innovating the actual process of innovating. As Einstein famously said, We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. There is no one process that fits all scientific and technological problems. The more experimentally R&D professionals think and behave, the easier it will be for them to adopt fundamental changes in the way they do their work. – Why Do Open Innovation Efforts Fail? Scientists Want to Solve Problems Themselves. HBR
Hila Lifshitz-Assaf (New York University’s Stern School of Business), Michael L. Tushman (Harvard Business School), and Karim R. Lakhani (Harvard Business School) conducted a three-year study at NASA’s Space Life Sciences Directorate focused on closely tracking the opportunities and challenges involved with open innovation in an incumbent R&D organization over time.