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Business essentials: Dr. Haddox's methodologies

Updated on December 4, 2012

The Value of Teamwork

A definition of the process of teamwork that fits very smoothly into our entire project can be found in business dictionary.com as follows, Teamwork is the process of working collaboratively with a group of people, in order to achieve a goal. Teamwork is often a crucial part of business, as it is often necessary for colleagues to work well together, trying their best in any circumstance. Teamwork means people will try to cooperate, using their individual skills and providing constructive feedback, despite any personal conflict between individuals.

Living systems helps innovators succeed within organizations by helping us to perceive an organization as a living organism. The dynamics of life are scale-dependent—they are useful to explain what we see no matter how small or large the living system.

After reading and learning about living systems, one finds that Wheatley’s understanding of this concept is the easiest one to grasp and to apply. Leading innovation is critical for an organization’s success because the leader must make the organization come alive in order to insure production and results. A healthy, living organism is a highly successful organism.

Principles within the paradigm of living systems are observed and taken advantage of. She shares that “for many years, I have been exploring the complexities of modern organizations through the lens of living systems. But rather than questioning whether organizations are living systems, I have become more confident about stating the following: the people working in the organization are alive, and they respond to the same needs and conditions as any other living system. I personally don’t require any deeper level of charity than this. But I’d also like to note the one of the gifts of understanding living systems is that it soon becomes evident that life’s processes apply both to individuals and systems. The dynamics of life are scale-independent—they are useful to judge whether or not the product is ‘home made.’

China’s definition include concepts such as “indigenous innovation” and “value added” in addition to an application of the concepts in the definition that we received from OECD above.

J.T. Hage, at the Center of Innovation, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, defines innovation in a way that applies to many situations, in many organizations. It is a definition that can be applied as the adoption of an idea or behavior that is new to an organization. The innovation can either be a new product, a new service, a new technology, or a new administrative practice.

When we compare and contrast the above definitions, we find that Hage’s definition is the best working definition for most organizations. China’s definition, which embraces “indigenous innovations,” is specific for China’s economy and approach to innovation, which is different from most other organizations. OECD’s definition of innovation is also useful but not as broad as Huge’s.

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