William 3. Discuss the innovation process. Innovation is a

William
Carroll                          Week 1 Individual Assignment                              BUSMBA501

           

1.    
Please discuss
your research for shaping innovative team players and creating effective
teams:

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After reflecting and researching
for this week’s assignment, I am surprised at how often teams are not used in
many industries.  Additionally, with so
many positive examples of effective team implementation I am curious what many
businesses are waiting for.  One
automotive retailer increased production by 15% and decreased turnover to just
3% per year (Lareau, 2017) after instituting a team system.  As discussed by Kezsbom (2001), “any team
that desires innovative results must recognize the four essential guidelines
that must be addressed.”  Those four
guidelines summarized as: “interdependence, group problem solving and
decision-making, accountability and a common goal and collective purpose.”  It is very clear that a good team, with a
good leader and common goals can achieve more than an individual could.  It is also important to ensure the leader has
the skills necessary to effectively “coach” the team as needed (Goldberg,
2003).

2.    
How diversity can
impact group behavior.

Diversity by itself is an
interesting topic and can mean so many things to different people.  It’s important that teams are diverse in all
things.  The job and purpose of a good
leader is to “purposefully create” and implement a diverse team (Gregersen,
2016).  Along these same lines it is
important for a good leader to know when diversity exists.  As stated by Burkus (2013) “Conflict is an indicator
that diverse viewpoints are being considered and that the competition for ideas
is still ongoing.”

3.    
Discuss the
innovation process.

Innovation
is a process of continual improvement with the end user constantly in
mind.  It should not only make things or
processes better, but improve the whole user experience.  In addition, innovation itself can be learned
from and continuously improved upon.  There
are four basic steps or parts of the innovation process as described by Beckman
& Barry (2007).  These steps can vary
and different terminology may be used to describe the process based on a given
scenario.  The four steps as described by
Beckman & Barry (2007) are, “Observations, frameworks, imperatives and
solutions.”  Also referred to as,
“Problem finding, problem selection, solution finding and solution selecting.”  Although it is not important to follow a
specific order, all four steps must be done to achieve a successful outcome.

4.    
Research how
peoples different learning styles impact innovation.

Just
as team member diversity is important for the innovation process, diverse
learning styles are also important among the team members.  Varying learning styles turn out to be
important during each stage of innovation. 
These diverse learning styles will lead the innovation process during
different stages.  According to Beckman
& Barry (2007) there are four basic learning styles central to the
innovation process.  These four learning
styles are, “diverging, assimilating, converging and accommodating.”  These four learning styles are important due
to the way each learner views or frames the problem and solution.   To provide more detail into each of the four learning
styles as paraphrased from Beckman & Barry (2007) and when they are
important during the innovation process:

·       Diverging learning
style- good at viewing the situation from many viewpoints, important during the
observation stage.

·       Assimilating
learning style- good at understanding and organizing information, important
during the frameworks stage.

·       Converging- good
at solving problems, important during the imperatives stage.

·       Accommodating- good
at hands-on learning, important during the solutions stage

 

References:

 

Beckman,
S. L., & Barry, M. (2007). Innovation as a Learning Process: EMBEDDING
DESIGN THINKING. California Management Review, 50(1), 25-56.

 

Burkus,
D. (2013). How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams. Harvard Business Review
Digital Articles, 1-4.

 

Goldberg,
S. (2003). Team Effectiveness Coaching: An Innovative Approach for Supporting
Teams in Complex Systems. Leadership & Management in Engineering, 3(1),
15.

 

Gregersen,
H. (2016). When Was the Last Time You Asked, “Why Are We Doing It This
Way?”. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, 2-5.

 

Kezsbom,
D. S. (2001). Beyond “Survival”: Strategies for Creating Innovative
Teams. AACE International Transactions, 4.1.

 

LaReau,
J. (2017). Techs Work in Teams, and the Dealership Scores. Automotive News

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