• Innovation Theme Scores High at Leading Edge Consortium


Below is an article written by Kristen Ross, communications specialist for the Society of Organizational and Industrial Psychology.

Beyond all the positive messages that were delivered about innovation, the speakers were also candid about the topic.  One of the sessions, entitled “The Dark Side of Innovation,” focused on the tensions of innovation, and how to overcome its challenges. “Innovation is wonderful. Innovation is great. ‘Yeah’ for innovation, but innovation has its dilemmas,” said Robert DeFillippi, a professor of management at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University, who headed the dark side panel. DeFillippi is also Director of the Center for Innovation and Change Leadership at the Business School.

The panel discussion indicated that the dark side includes unhealthy work practices and poor quality of life, conflicts over standardization versus creativity, individuality versus collaboration, passion versus discipline, and other creative tensions. But regardless of what may be found on the dark side, the consistent message was that the positive outcomes of being innovative outweigh the downfalls.  The panel examined the challenges and then suggested interventions to manage paradoxes, promote quality of life, and balance creative tensions. 
In addition to DeFillippi, other panelists included Jonathan Sapsed, an innovation fellow of the UK’s Advanced Institute of Management Research and principal research fellow of CENTRIM at the University of Brighton, Marianne Lewis, an associate professor of management at the University of Cincinnati, and Lucy Gilson, a psychology professor at the University of Connecticut.
Other presentation topics included opportunity and opportunity detection, team and individual creativity, organizational support for innovation, corporate innovation, strategies for fostering creativity, culture and innovation, and innovation in the real world. 

If you missed the event, you can still experience the engaging sessions via DVD, which will contain all presentations held throughout the meeting. DVD orders are currently being accepted.  You can purchase your 2007 Consortium DVD online or by calling the SIOP Administrative Office at 419-353-0032.

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