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Culture of Innovation

7 Elements of a Culture of Innovation

A culture of innovation -- whether it is within a group, team, department, organization, or institution -- provides fertile ground for producing innovations. 

Studies have shown that there are seven key elements to a culture of innovation: 1) Risk taking; 2) Resources; 3) Information; 4) Goals (Targets); 5) Tools; 6) Recognition; and 7) Relationships.

The seven (7) elements are identified in this diagram:culture-of-innovation-plsek

There is lots of evidence to show that these elements have supported a culture of innovation in organizations. There are also great examples of companies like Pixar, Nike, and Merck that use one or more of the 7 elements to increase their innovations.

 Here's a tool for assessing how your team or organization promotes innovation.



All of the information on the Elements of a Culture of Innovation, Assessment, and Tips for Leaders were adapted from Maher, Lynne, Paul Plsek, Jenny Price, and Mark Mugglestone, (2010), “Creating the Culture for Innovation: A Practical Guide for Leaders” published by the National Health Service (NHS) Institute for Innovation and Improvement in the United Kingdom