Action-nets for Change and innovation in Knowledge Intensive Frims
|STIFT CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEADERSHIP - Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 2 700 000
|November 2007 - December 2011
Purpose and goal
Action-nets for Change and innovation in Knowledge Intensive FrimsFirms and organizations attract customers, members and money if they are successful in competing with other similar firms and organizations. Though, the keys to success are straightforward: to do more or to do it better or to do something completely new. The evolution of a variety of service industries and knowledge-intensive firms further escalates this pressure and leaves modern co-workers with a fairly simple choice. Constantly improve your skills or loose your job. This project aims at promoting new and different ways to understand how innovations can be carried out within the context of everyday work.
Results and expected effects
The outcomes of the project will include descriptions as well as models (with implications) concerning how to promote innovations in knowledge-intensive firms. The project will also have an immediate impact on the way people work and think regarding innovations and everyday work in the participating organizations. As a consequence of the applied methodology, changes in work-culture, patterns of interactions etceteras are also expected to occur.
Approach and implementation
The overall research methodology is action-research with a high degree of involvement among those who participate in the project. By extensive use of workshop, seminars etceteras, the strategy is to create commitment to the project and its purposes. Interviews on a regular basis is combined with firm specific subprojects as means for collecting data and information as well as being tools to promote change. Having three organizations participating in the project gives plenty of opportunities to comparing experiences as well as an environment stimulating cross-learning.