The Roots of Collaborative Innovation

The Roots of Collaborative Innovation

Defining a managerial approach to innovation and creativity, we need a clear reference for framing innovation and creativity problems and approaches that are most likely to resolve them. Here, we can apply the Computational Information Conservation Theory (CICT) framework, developed for “Application” and “Domain” definitions as the two sides of the same coin, where Application (the problem) is Innovation and Domain is Creativity in this case (Fiorini, 1994, 2017a). As usual we start from an ill-posed problem to arrive to a well-posed problem (Hadamard, 1902) through a regularization procedure. It starts with developing a better understanding of the problem we need to solve.

Asking two basic questions can be enormously helpful. The first one is “How well is the Application (the problem) defined?”; and the second one is “Who is best-placed to solve it?” But, sometimes the proper Domain is not so cut and dried. Once you start asking these questions, you will find that they clarify the issues quite quickly. Either there is a simple answer, or there is not. Once we have asked the framing questions, we can determine which approach to Innovation makes the most sense, obtaining, from our usual four quadrant scheme, four fundamental reference categories: Inventive Innovation, Inventive Creativity, Creative Innovation, and Creative Creativity as depicted in Figure 1.


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Rodolfo FioriniDr, Rodolfo A. Fiorini is Professor of Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano University, Milano, Italy. He had joined research projects with Stanford University and University of California at Los Angeles. He has received awards and honors from Italian National Research Council, University and Research Ministry, U.S.A DOL,etc. Since 1981, at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Dr. Fiorini's research activities have been giving a tangible contribution to the development of new generation Biomedical Systems and Guidelines, to the creation of new Biomedical Professionals, Biometrics and Cybiometrics Systems, Strategic Active Support Systems for e-Gov Healthcare Business to shape the Biotechnology Laboratory and the Hospital of the Future to human life, public health and wellbeing, He is the founder and coordinator of the Research Group on Computational Information Conservation Theory (CICT). and the use of intercultural transdisciplinary approaches for the creation of reality levels where engineering and life sciences can synergistically interact to promote scientific discovery for common wellbeing. He is WAAS (World Academy of Art and Science) Trustee, IEEE, EMB, AAAS, and JTiBS Editorial Board Member

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