In this paper the author will discuss the techniques for stimulating innovation. A discussion will then take place that will describe how the organization that the author works for stimulates innovation. An evaluation of the effectiveness of the techniques employed will ensue and ways improve the process of stimulating innovation will be discussed. There are many ways to stimulate innovation in the workplace. In order to detail the process of stimulating innovation in the workplace it would be most appropriate to begin with a definition of innovation. Innovation is the process of taking a creative idea and turning it into a useful product, service, or method of operation. (Robbins, Decenzo, & Coulter, 2011, p. 205) Businesses have come to realize the importance of innovation for survival in a world of global competition. (Hage, 1999) With that said there are a fair number of external support structures that can be used to encourage innovation within an organization. The best way to move forward should be to determine what the capacity of the current organization is for innovation from within. In other words does the organization have an innovative culture or does one need to be built? (Muriithi, 2011) In the authors’ workplace stimulating innovation had to be built from the ground up. The company that the author works for is a physician practice consisting of 25 radiologists. Doctors Richard Datzman and Jack Loudermilk founded Fort Wayne Radiology, now FWRadiology in 1950. (FWRadiology website, 2009) The physicians in and of themselves were innovators in that they brought new imaging technologies and techniques to Northeast Indiana. For the first 50 years the company prospered with the physicians in charge and the employees following their lead. In the late 1990’s the healthcare industry began to change. The days of the physicians managing the business were replaced by more government...
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