Why Do We Need Innovation?
Dana W. Clarke, Paul Nobles and Peter Ulan
Why Do We Need Innovation?
It’s all about the money;
unresolved problems = financial losses and lost opportunities
By Dana W. Clarke, Paul Nobels and Peter Ulan
“Innovation is the most vital factor in shaping a corporation’s success throughout the coming years. For several decades, corporations have optimized products, processes and services for efficiency and quality; without losing control of quality, it is now time to innovate. Today’s corporate challenge is to unshackle its innovation capacity to control growth and profitability while achieving leadership in its targeted markets. Global-economic forces and financial constraints have made innovation-driven growth more essential than at any other time in history. Corporations face an unprecedented need to stay ahead of continuously accelerating global changes, unyielding pressure for rapid results, and fierce competition from corporations that are aggressively pursuing their own innovation-driven futures.”
Creative Problem-Solving Methodologies TRIZ/USIT
Dr. Toru Nakagawa
Creative Problem-Solving Methodologies TRIZ/USIT: Overview of My 14 Years in Research, Education, and Promotion
The capability of solving problems creatively is most desirable and indispensable not only for individual persons, regardless a student or a working adult, but also for companies, organizations, communities, and even countries. Since I joined Osaka Gakuin University in 1998, I have been working principally on the theme of 'methodologies for creative problem solving' in research, education, and promotion of social penetration. On retiring the University in March this year, it is my great pleasure to have a chance of publishing here an overview of my work for these 14 years.
The core of my working activities has been the research on TRIZ ('Theory of Inventive Problem Solving') and USIT ('Unified Structured Inventive Thinking'). I have attended and presented at international conferences on TRIZ every year, and extended USIT (i.e. a unified and simplified TRIZ) further to find a new paradigm called 'Six-box Scheme' for creative problem solving. In the field of education, besides several other classes on ordinary information science, I have been teaching on this theme in a lecture class and also in 3rd and 4th year seminars, where my students and I have made several successful case studies of solving familiar problems.
Building Highly Effective Idea Management Systems With Living System Principles
Studies have estimated that only one out of 3000 raw ideas (unwritten) or 300 submitted ideas makes it to eventual success. At each stage gate, decision makers select the ideas to be taken forward and identify the ones to be kept on hold or discarded. By applying TRIZ, we can take inspiration from living systems – cells, organisms, ecosystems, organizations, societies etc. to manage our complex systems better.
Applied TRIZ in High-Tech Industry
TRIZ and Software Innovation