Author: GK VanPatter
Innovation Methods Mapping analyzed 50 innovation process models spanning an 86 year period from 1926 to 2013. The study has been created for educational purposes. Included in the book is a new form of analysis applied to 50 process models, as well as 25 Key Findings and numerous process design Implications. The project was undertaken in collaboration with OPEN Innovation Consortium, a non-profit think-tank founded in 2009 by a diverse group of seasoned co-creation advocates from numerous organizations operating in several countries. The consortium’s purpose is to explore the subject of open innovation as it applies most broadly to research, history, knowledge, methods, exercises, models, tools, techniques, systems and futures. The focus of the study is not to judge the effectiveness of various methods but rather to better understand methods across the timeline of history in terms of knowledge evolution, design and architectural construction. The goal of the project is to help move the art, science and design of innovation process modeling forward into the 21st century. The ultimate goal of the OPEN Innovation Consortium is to advocate, contribute to and inspire the ongoing evolution of innovation process design and innovation related tool-making in a continuously changing world.