Culture of Innovation
What does it mean when an organization or government claims to support a "culture of innovation?" It can mean many things simultaneously depending on who you are. A government might support a culture of innovation by providing funding for educational programs that focus on fostering research skills. This support is motivated by the knowledge that educated children who learn the fundamentals of innovation will be better prepared to contribute inventive ideas to Canadian society as adults. It might also mean recognizing industry leaders in innovation through award ceremonies, development grants and initiatives. Frequently, governments will vote on policies that put in writing a commitment to supporting inventors and innovators.
Countries with successful innovators often regard the inventive process as an expected means of production, rather than a risky proposition. Innovative and entrepreneurial behaviour in innovative companies is encouraged and rewarded. Employees feel comfortable, for instance, in submitting new ideas, no matter how revolutionary, and are confident. Supporting a culture of innovation ultimately involves nurturing inventiveness in its infancy and guiding it through to completion and the creation of new value for society.
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