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Started 19th Jun, 2020

Impact of Covid-19 on the management of innovation

Covid-19 is changing the world these days.
Being in contact with many corporate innovation managers, there are many concerns existing on the future of innovation - but also many chances coming up with the current situation
I would be happy to discuss the future of innovation in the academic community:
How does the future of innnovation look like, especially considering Covid-19 impact?
Thank you for your contribution! What will change from your perspective and what is already changing / has changed? All aspects are welcome.
As an input, it might be useful to have a look at our theses on how innovation will look like in 2030, developed using a systems analysis approach: http://s.fhg.de/innovation2030-en

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13th Jun, 2021
Mercy Akeke
University of Calabar
Managers need to be highly innovative in this period of covid-19. Finding solutions on how to serve customers better is imperative, which may include home services and offering reasonable answers to their questions on safety.
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11th Jul, 2020
Stephen A. Langford
Unaffiliated
Thanks for another insightful contribution,
Chris William Callaghan
. I hope you don't object to my tacking on some cautionary thoughts:
With all the money that Bill Gates and his cadre have provided to research diseases related to COVID-19, and possibly to have funded its transfer from Fort Detrick, Maryland, to the labs in Wuhan -- also subsidized by taxpayer funds spent unlawfully under the possibly criminal regime of Dr. Anthony Fauci; and given the strong possibility that 5g and 60GHz technologies are designed as weapons to interact to the detriment of people already carrying nanoparticles from geoengineering; and given the ability to put personal IDs into vaccines that would permit total control of humans under a cryptocurrency regime ... might you agree that Americans and the rest of the people on earth should exercise a modicum of caution and skepticism with regard to an eagerness to be injected with vaccines? We are at war. We are suffering under a medical tyranny and unlawful germ warfare. We need to vet all processes and histories related to these matters, before entrusting anybody to insult us further by injecting us with any substances that are potentially harmful in the extreme to both our bodies and our worldwide communities. I am not jumping at the chance to lose my freedoms completely.
Those are my thoughts. YMMV. ;-)
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19th Jun, 2020
V.K. Deshwal
Baba Farid Institute of Technology
The global market is down and now the mental status is also affected. I think now improvement..
19th Jun, 2020
Mirna Leko-Šimić
University of Osijek
I see a greater emhpasis on global cooperation, for example in finding medical solutions for the desease...open onnovation
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20th Jun, 2020
Rajkumar Rajendram
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
COVID-19 has stimulated a huge amount of healthcare research.
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21st Jun, 2020
Dariusz Prokopowicz
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Such global crises as the current SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic causing Covid-19 disease cause an accelerated process of digitizing the economy, developing applications and implementing ICT information technologies, web applications for business processes, and increasing innovation. The consequence of this type of pandemic crisis is also the increase in the digitization of economic processes in various sectors and branches of the economy. The technological progress that is taking place may also lead to the implementation of Industry 4.0 technology in economic processes. In my opinion, the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus pandemic will accelerate the processes of creating innovation and improving management of innovations arising in the field of ICT, Internet and Industry 4.0 information technologies.
Best regards,
Dariusz Prokopowicz
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22nd Jun, 2020
Siham Salie-Abrahams
University of Cape Town
In the Public Sector space, globally, the scale and complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic have proven to be too great for governments to respond to on their own. A whole of society approach that brings together government and citizenry is proving most effective in a climate of growing fiscal austerity and increasing social inequality that is already placing extraordinary pressure on the public sector. What I have observed is the growing impact of social networks during this time. They have by far been more innovative and locally responsive to the needs of their communities. Smaller tech companies have increasingly partnered with social networks to rapidly provide solutions. We need to create space for these innovators and they will disrupt what we believe about co-creation and the cost of innovation.
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22nd Jun, 2020
Maria Sahakyan
Armenian State University of Economics
Taking into account the current state and recession of the global economy, as well as the economies of various developed and developing countries, I consider it necessary to take measures both at the global level and at the level of individual states to reduce the risks and seize the opportunities that had been revealed during the pandemic outbreak. Working in the field of higher education, I do not want to focus on the negative aspects of distance learning (though we have them), but I want to highlight the positive aspects. This is a small example from Armenia. For recent 5 years, the government of our country has been trying to introduce distance learning at universities, during this process many various obstacles arose, but the virus made the universities literally during a week mobilize all the resources and input distance learning everywhere. Thus, a successful completion of this semester testifies that we succeeded in this field!
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22nd Jun, 2020
Juan Carlos Apaza Paucara
Universidad Nacional Jorge Basadre Grohmann, Tacna
Tenemos que partir de un diagnóstico o análisis de la situación, está en función de los países emergentes y los que tiene poder de dinero y tecnología, El impacto en los países emergentes y buen % de países desarrollados se ha podido observar que no existen investigaciones en sus universidades ni en sus institucionales para prever en salud pública, capacidad de organización, tecnología, indumentaria, recursos equipos, personal capacitado.
Prácticamente este tipo de pandemia nos ha examinado y ha abierto la brecha para la innovación y creatividad en campos de riesgos.
Innovación en la educación, en la salud pública, valores con 0 corrupción
Innovación en la alimentación
Innovación nuevos tipos de energía, finanzas ahorro, seguros
innovación en telecomunicaciones (intenet más económica, ..)
Por lo tanto estas brechas han creado campos para la innovación
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22nd Jun, 2020
Abdul Basit Khan
National Insurance Company Limited (NICL)
Sven Schimpf, due to COVID-19, as per UNESCO almost 1.5 billion students in 165 countries are out of educational institutions. This is the time in which education community can play its role. Online education and new ways of teaching is the requirement of the moment. In this global world it is the opportunity to deliver the education in a great way.
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23rd Jun, 2020
Reuven Shapira
Western Galilee Academic College, Acre, Israel
I agree with Siham and want to propose a leadership practice that creates the space for those innovators from my studies in collectivistic Israeli kibbutzim and their inter-kibbutz organizations. Leaders who shape high-trust organizational cultures by vulnerable involvement in subordinates/followers' deliberations better understand and tend to help to advance unconventional ideas and solutions offered by innovators. See my attached works.
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23rd Jun, 2020
Mounia Kalif
Université Ibn Tofail
The post-covid-19 raises all the themes relating to change and innovation. they are always called upon after a crisis.
the main changes would be in digitalization, cybersecurity, logistics, and a return to the issues of social innovation.
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23rd Jun, 2020
Pedro Maria Jaramillo
University of Antioquia
el principal cambio es repensar todo lo que hacemos , como debo hacerlo en esta pandemia para seguir vivo y no infectar a nadie
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23rd Jun, 2020
Pedro Maria Jaramillo
University of Antioquia
que cada persona piense como hacer para sobrevivir , no contagiar , y si me contagio porque fue
24th Jun, 2020
Derek White
University of Ottawa
The long pause to the status quo has given people time to read, think, learn, reflect and I'm sure there has been both a boost in creativity plus a re-evaluation of priorities, values, goals, and the life decisions those entail. Personally, I have discovered the maker communities, leveraged virtual and highly dispersed teams (geographically, intellectually, and culturally diverse), learned and improved many skills (CAD, design for additive manufacturing, 3D printing processes and materials, ventilator design requirements...), and I have accepted the new norms for employment so am re-thinking my value pitch for the gig economy and re-visiting my entrepreneurial roots.
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24th Jun, 2020
Pedro Maria Jaramillo
University of Antioquia
Vivir con lo necesario . Hace que la mente pienae distinto
26th Jun, 2020
Tina Froehner
Procter & Gamble
In terms of commercial innovation, the COVID-related changes have forced business to become very agile both in their own work process (manufacturing and back office) as well as in responding to highly volatile demand situation.
I feel that this has opened managers' minds to innovation in a dramatic way and levelled hierachies in an unprecendented way.
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26th Jun, 2020
Pedro Maria Jaramillo
University of Antioquia
Reinventarse cada coudad .
29th Jun, 2020
Chung-Cheng Fu
Chung Hua University
According to the formula as VE = Function/Cost under epidemic pandemic, the Enterprise Management of Innovation Program must focus on the gains, does not achieve double the benefits, and must stop any programs. On the other hand, the time to prevent and control the epidemic must be considered before innovation, as the prolonged nature of the epidemic will drag down enterprises.
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2nd Jul, 2020
Diana Isabel Rivera
Universidad EAFIT
Las necesidades de las empresas y las comunidades han cambiado, y las instituciones generadores de conocimiento científico y tecnológico, así como aquellas que desarrollan y comercializan productos/servicios innovadores deben aprovechar su experiencia previa y adaptarse para dar respuesta a esas nuevas necesidades. Se hace necesario analizar escenarios presentes y futuros y redefinir agendas de investigación e innovación de cara a esos escenarios. Adicionalmente, el aumento del desempleo ocasionado por la pandemia invita aún más a impulsar las iniciativas de emprendimiento.
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8th Jul, 2020
John Mendy
University of Lincoln
Sven, initial reports seem to suggest that what has already changed in the enhancement of innovation is greater and more creative usage of technologies and digital platforms to speed up innovative practices. What is also of vital importance is to complement such an increased digitisation shift with equally greater support for the users of such digitisation platforms at the individual, group and organisational levels. I think such complementarity will facilitate not only the adoption of innovative practices but also the extent to which they are effective and people-developmentally orientated. Interesting....
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10th Jul, 2020
Igor Gurkov
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Dear Colleagues,
Enclosed please find a very short essay related to the topic. It does not provide the answer to the whole problem, but outlines an important organizational consequence of COVID.
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11th Jul, 2020
Chung-Cheng Fu
Chung Hua University
"Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning" had been changed by "Service, Technology, and People (CNN, 2019)" as a marketing strategy. Usually, innovation will follow the plan of marketing trends and sales forecasts. Most enterprises, how to manage the innovation under unknown information on marketing and sales of COVID-19?
11th Jul, 2020
Stephen A. Langford
Unaffiliated
Thanks for another insightful contribution,
Chris William Callaghan
. I hope you don't object to my tacking on some cautionary thoughts:
With all the money that Bill Gates and his cadre have provided to research diseases related to COVID-19, and possibly to have funded its transfer from Fort Detrick, Maryland, to the labs in Wuhan -- also subsidized by taxpayer funds spent unlawfully under the possibly criminal regime of Dr. Anthony Fauci; and given the strong possibility that 5g and 60GHz technologies are designed as weapons to interact to the detriment of people already carrying nanoparticles from geoengineering; and given the ability to put personal IDs into vaccines that would permit total control of humans under a cryptocurrency regime ... might you agree that Americans and the rest of the people on earth should exercise a modicum of caution and skepticism with regard to an eagerness to be injected with vaccines? We are at war. We are suffering under a medical tyranny and unlawful germ warfare. We need to vet all processes and histories related to these matters, before entrusting anybody to insult us further by injecting us with any substances that are potentially harmful in the extreme to both our bodies and our worldwide communities. I am not jumping at the chance to lose my freedoms completely.
Those are my thoughts. YMMV. ;-)
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11th Jul, 2020
Stephen A. Langford
Unaffiliated
Thanks,
Chris William Callaghan
. :-)
Research Gate is an excellent platform for rational debate in an irrational world.
:-)
-Steve-
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11th Jul, 2020
Stephen A. Langford
Unaffiliated
I wonder what people on this thread have to say about this perspective, which is strongly held by a great many people who don't watch MSM (MainStream Media) and who do exchange information via the Web:
I have asked the same of a good friend who has just lost 5 friends to "COVID".
Sincerely, -Steve-
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24th Jul, 2020
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
It seems that at least Youtube was not too happy about the video as it is not available anymore...
28th Jul, 2020
Ahmed Ramadhan Al-Obaidi
Al-Mustansiriya University
Good topic
29th Jul, 2020
Chung-Cheng Fu
Chung Hua University
More than 160 teams have developed the Covid-19 vaccine to get 6.5 billion people into a business, market competition to form a business under the game, dealing with unknown viruses in addition to scientific and technological strength, information management, and budget, there is a bit of luck.
31st Aug, 2020
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Covid-19: A booster for Digitalization, an enabler for home-office, a drawback for collaboration and meetings in person...
What did change in innovation activities and what shall we learn for the future?
31st Aug, 2020
Reuven Shapira
Western Galilee Academic College, Acre, Israel
Dear Sven, boosting digitalization and home-office work makes communication among practitioners required for innovation, much more dependant on the good-will of Goggle, Facebook, and its like digital communication giants. Innovation cannot flourish where and when these giants control and can censor unwanted communications as Youtube canceled a month ago the above-unwanted video. Innovation flourishes where and when high-trust climate and culture are shaped by trusted and trusting high-moral vulnerably-involved leaders who enable free communication among practitioners, allowing them much discretion. See my attached book and article.
28th Sep, 2020
Igor Gurkov
National Research University Higher School of Economics
I indicated one partial impact of COVID-19 on innovation management -- destruction of "communities of practices" (CoPs) that despite the term mostly deal with combined co-creation and diffusion of both radical and incremental innovations (see enclosed).
8th Oct, 2020
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Since I raised the question, we had quite interesting discussions on the topic! Here is a summary of the main points discussed with research and industry:
Some of the risks:
- Financial restrictions for innovation activities. Budgets are cut where it does not hurt directly - which is often in the long-term oriented R&D and Innovation department
- Creativity will be hurt by the lack of personal meetings and communication
- Globalisation and collaboration will be reduced through the objective to reach technological and or innovation sovereignty
Some of the chances:
- Companies are forced to look out for opportunities outside of their comfort zone which leads to the specification and reflection of long term strategies
- Change processes are enabled by digital communication that leads to the involvement of a larger audience within and outside the company
- Digitalisation is also boosted along the innovation process leading enhanced digital innovation collaborations and increasing application of digital tools and AI - enhaning the effectiveness and efficiency of innovation processes.
Looking forward to critical discussions and more input related to this topic
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16th Oct, 2020
Chung-Cheng Fu
Chung Hua University
In a hypothetic exercise in the bank under COVID-19 pandemic, if half of the MIS staff at the corporate headquarters get sick and the computer center may be closed for 30 days, how can all branch operations in the support system be used to function properly on line?
2nd Nov, 2020
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
An interesting feedback was, that communication to larger group and thus the involvement of these groups becomes much easier through the digitalisation of communication processes that happened in the context of Covid-19.
It might be worth applying the concepts of Crowdsourcing more extensively for idea management inside of corporations...
6th Nov, 2020
Chung-Cheng Fu
Chung Hua University
Let's found out its best tool for vote campaign during the American presidential election. A comparison of COVID-19 patient among U.K primer, Brasil President, and U.S. President. There is innovation management under the 14 days completely recovered and healed in the White House.
24th Nov, 2020
Antonio Franco-Crespo
Escuela Politécnica Nacional
Covid accelerated many areas, one of them innovation.
24th Nov, 2020
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Accelerated innovation...any examples what you mean by that? I ask because apparently, the number of patents applied for decreased (slow down of patent applications?) in some companies during Covid-19. No empirical evidence - but it seems that some aspects of innovation are accelerated, others are slowed down.
28th Nov, 2020
Antonio Franco-Crespo
Escuela Politécnica Nacional
Even faster growth
3rd Dec, 2020
Dariusz Prokopowicz
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
The current economic downturn caused by the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus pandemic has increased the importance of effective innovation management processes. As a result of the activation of innovation management processes in business entities, new business innovations arise. In order to develop innovation, many enterprises increase the scale of implementing ICT and Industry 4.0 information technologies into economic processes.
Best wishes,
Dariusz Prokopowicz
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18th Jan, 2021
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
We received some feedback from companies that Covid-19 had a negative effect on innovation activities, measured e.g. through the number of patents. If any evidence is available on the relationship between Covid-19 and patenting (of companies) - I would be thankful if you could share this.
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19th Jan, 2021
Chung-Cheng Fu
Chung Hua University
Traditional activities will be hot products during the COVID-19 expandemic, which includes trash foods, indoor sports equipment, CATV, etc.
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12th Apr, 2021
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Interesting effect of Covid-19: the OECD found that 12 countries (among those observed) changed generiosity or modalities of R&D tax incentives during Covid-19 crisis...
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14th May, 2021
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Here comes as a sneak-preview, our Covid-related update on how we think innovation will look like in 2030 especially looking at how Covid-19 changed our previous assumptions from 2018.
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18th May, 2021
Sven Schimpf
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
...now available in DE online:
The EN translation is on the way...
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