Epistemology of Innovation

 
“On the Epistemology of Innovation: How Breakthrough Innovators Connect the Dots” is a series of brief, occasional essays addressed to senior executives, managers and technologists responsible for innovation in industry. Its purpose is to challenge readers to reflect broadly and deeply on the practice of innovation – in particular on how innovators come to know what to do today – in order to succeed commercially in the future. With this approach I hope, first, to help the reader gain awareness of their own unarticulated embedded epistemology of innovation, as well as that of others. Second, I will challenge readers with new perspectives and views of what it means to innovate. Having engaged in this way, readers will be better able to develop a more explicit, intentional personal framework through which they can understand innovation. By doing so, I hope to enable innovators to both: (1) expand their personal innovation skills and (2) be better able to articulate to others what they know and how they know it. Similarly, I hope to enable managers and senior executives to: (1) more successfully identify potential innovators, (2) better understand the innovators with whom they work, and (3) better advocate and make decisions on their behalf. A discussion group has been established at http://epistemology-of-innovation.com as a place to both provide feedback and dialog with the author and others regarding these essays.

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  • Vojak, Bruce A. (2014-02-01)
    A simple qualitative, yet mathematical model powerfully illustrates how breakthrough innovators come to know: A discussion of how breakthrough innovators are well‐described as mathematically chaotic individuals
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  • Vojak, Bruce A. (2014-01-15)
    A simple qualitative, yet mathematical model powerfully illustrates how breakthrough innovators come to know: A discussion of how breakthrough innovators are well-described as curious, learning, multi-dimensional individuals
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  • Vojak, Bruce A. (2013-12-01)
    A simple qualitative, yet mathematical model powerfully illustrates how breakthrough innovators come to know: A discussion of how breakthrough innovators are well-described as multi-dimensional individuals
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  • Vojak, Bruce A. (2013-11-15)
    An simple qualitative, yet mathematical model powerfully illustrates how breakthrough innovators come to know: How the orthogonality and non‐linearity of discovery propel breakthrough innovators into new dimensions
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  • Vojak, Bruce A. (2013-10-15)
    An historical perspective of how breakthrough innovators come to know: How dialectic and the reconciliation of dichotomies provide perspective on the knowing characteristic of innovation
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