Mar 26, 2003

Radical vs. Incremental Innovation

My post on Radical vs. Incremental Innovation at the KnowledgeBoard Innovation SIG

We distinguish incremental and radical innovation by the following methods.

Incremental innovation happen at the activity and idea level, but radical or breakthrough innovation occurs when mental models shift.

To facilitate such shifts in mental model is a process that is deeply reflective not just on "how" and "what" but also on questioning the "whys" ...the ability to challenge the sacred cows that are assumed for one's domain and industry, and essentially also entails disrupting the 'established' structures and processes.