Every organization understands they need to innovate, not just in bringing new offerings to market, but in continually becoming a new and better organization.
Networks are always at the heart of innovation. The new comes from combining the old in original ways.
Chemist Kary Mullis aptly described how he arrived at his innovations that won him the Nobel Prize in 1993:
“I put together elements that were already there, but that’s what inventors always do. You can’t make up new elements, usually. The new element, if any, it was the combination, the way they were used.”
Whether it is bringing together existing ideas to create new ideas, or connecting people in ways that generate new insights, organizations must design how they work to facilitate value-generating connections.