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Originally created for Lance Carlson of the Institute for the Creative Process at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

We state openly that this book is far from complete. It was created primarily as an internal reference for individuals developing the Innovation concept map. Not only must we continue to search for new—and existing—models of innovation, we must also reexamine and revise the classification of models that have already been included. Any insight or suggestion for the continued development of this book is welcomed.

If you know of any models which are not featured in this book, please feel free to share them with us.

Innovation is the application of an insight that creates new value, improves upon the status quo, and becomes widely adopted for the benefit of society.

Innovation occurs in different environments, initiated by different organizations at different times. The innovation’s purpose and measure of success depends on the goal of the innovators and the needs that the innovation addresses.

This document compiles models of innovation that various individuals and organizations have articulated over the years. It contains six sections corresponding to the circumstances surrounding innovation: How, Who, What, When, Where, and Why. The models span from taxonomies to flow diagrams of proposed innovation processes. The Why section currently does not have any models. This vacancy invites us to consider the motivations behind innovations and to put to paper the reasons why we desire applications of new ideas.

This book was prepared for the Institute for the Creative Process, Alberta College of Art and Design by Dubberly Design Office. It accompanies a concept map of Innovation. Both the book and the concept map are for individuals and organizations that are intrigued by innovation and the desire to create new value through the applications of insight.

Satoko Kakihara, Sean Durham, and Ryan Reposar compiled the book. Nathan Felde and Paul Pangaro contributed significantly to the development of both this book and the map that it accompanies. A number of others also shared ideas with us that helped shape this work. To these individuals we owe many thanks.

See also our concept map of innovation.

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1 Comment

  • Fern

    Feb 3, 2009
    10:41 pm

    Hi, I would dearly like to download this information on innovation models, however I keep getting the message that it is “damaged” and “unrepairable”. Help?

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