What Is Innovation?
Innovation is like light. For ages, scientists have debated what light really is. Is it a wave, a particle, or both?
Innovation, likewise, is tricky to define. Is it a noun, or a verb? Is it a process? Or, is it people? Recently, The Harvard Business Review searched their archive to shed some light on this "chicken or egg" puzzle.
Innovation can be defined in various ways, but what it it really? Ultimately, innovation is a practice done by people. However, it's not just DNA. It can be learned. Furthermore, innovation is more of a verb than a noun. It’s a verb that produces nouns. Not only does it produce nouns, but it produces new nouns!
Is light a wave, particle, or both? Evidence shows that it is both. Likewise, is innovation a process, or people?
I say that it’s both!