“Systemic innovation” is used in four ways:
1. … a type of innovation where value can only be derived when the innovation is synergistically integrated with other complementary innovations, going beyond the boundaries of a single organization.
2. … the development of policies and governance at a local, regional or national scale to create an
enabling environment for the above kind of synergistic, multi-organizational innovations.
3. … when its purpose is to change the fundamental nature of society; for instance, to deliver on major transitions concerning ecological sustainability.
4. … how the people acting to bring about an innovation engage in a process to support systemic thinking,
Systems thinking has evolved over time:
1950s – 1960s: The early systems sciences (with cybernetics)
1970s – 1980s: The 1st paradigm shift: from real-world systems to ways of thinking in systems terms
1980s – 2000s: The 2nd paradigm shift: understanding power relations and mixing methods
The methodological progression is used to redefine systemic innovation (in the fourth way, above).
We can now move to formulate a new definition of systemic innovation, based on the foregoing
discussion. At its most basic, a systemic Innovation is one that emerges from a process that supports innovators and their stakeholders in using systems concepts to change their thinking, relationships, interactions and actions to deliver new value. The definition of stakeholders needs to happen within that same process. [p. 19]
This fourth approach can be integrated with the field of systemic intervention.
“What is systemic innovation?| Gerald Midley; Erik Lindhult | 2017 | Research memorandum 99 | University of Hull. Business School at https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:14494
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