This article builds on the eight essentials of innovation, discussing the four components that need to be in place for successful implementation.
We commonly hear the expression that "Knowledge is Power" and, for the most part, it is difficult to disagree. However, I would also contend that this statement only rings true when knowledge is actually applied and results are seen.
As a follow-up to my 8 essentials of Innovation article that touched on the important elements for making innovative change, we now will look at the framework that would provide sustainability.
At the very least, the knowledge garnered from the extensive interview process conducted by McKinsey, armed us with the insight and knowledge that can only come from the experience of more than 300 innovative companies.
Now that we have a basis for the essentials, how do we apply these and adopt them for the long term? In a recent paper written by Fisher et al, a framework is proposed to serve as a catalyst for implementation and adoption.
The following framework is part of a growing body of work looking at implementation science.
The Environment is compromised of the milieu that coalesces to allow the formation of an atmosphere that promotes out-of-the-box thinking and encourages change agents to do value-add work.
Once you have an encouraging atmosphere or innovative culture supported by policy and your network, Organization is needed:
In a separate study Huang et al found that:
“Relationship quality mediates the impacts of all three network structure properties on members' knowledge acquisition and well-being, which in turn lead to positive members' professional performance.”
Lastly, we arrive at Implementation:
Thus, I would reiterate that "Knowledge is Power," but it's only good when we can apply it.
What are your thoughts and have you found a sound implementation strategy?