Cultivating Imagination Across Boundaries: Innovation practice as learning through participatory inquiry

Henrik Sproedt, Chris Heape

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When regarding innovation practice from both a research and a practitioner’s perspective the temptation can be to focus on formal outcomes: technology, concepts, products and services. As a result continuous innovation can be considered a means to streamline the processes necessary to achieve those outcomes. However this understanding of innovation can divert attention from how things and operations are actually achieved. Value may be lost in an innovation process, because the resources of those involved, how they get things done on a day to day basis, are not identified as such. By adopting a perspective that is based on complex processes of relating we argue that innovation can be otherwise seen as the emergence of new meaning that arises from the ongoing gesture and response interactions between those involved through the knowing, doing, making and relating of participatory inquiry and that the practice of doing innovation is inherently learning driven.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International CINet Conference : Operating Innovation - Innovating Operations
Number of pages12
PublisherContinuous Innovation Network
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event15th INternational CINet Conference: Operating Innovation - Innovating Operations - Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 7. Sep 20149. Sep 2014
Conference number: 15


Conference15th INternational CINet Conference
LocationCorvinus University
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