The Future Of Innovation: Pragmatic Arguments

Mr Rolandas Strazdas

The future of innovation is very positive.  Usually i like emotional arguments, but here I will try to present my findings very pragmatically. To my understanding the future of innovation development depends on four elements which are crucial, namely : need for innovations; available resources; environment; knowledge about innovation development. Let’s discuss each of these elements:

Need for innovations is very important for the innovation development. If there are no needs – there are no innovations. It is clear that needs for innovations are growing due to the growing population, increased number of social, environmental, technological and political problems. We need to solve problems related to the global warming, aging, energy, food and etc., so there are no doubts that it will require more creativity and entrepreneurship. Even if some of these problems are solved, human beings are created in such way that new and even bigger problems and challenges will be raised.. Even if we satisfy some of our needs, new hidden needs will emerge. It is like in the fairytale about the dragon: you cut one of his heads – but several new heads grow up.

Resources that are necessary for innovation development are growing. If you want to do something, you have to have resources (i.e. time, people, material, place, finance and etc.). Governments, companies and even families are allocating more and more resources for development of innovations. This trend is so obvious, that mental activities take over physical ones. One fine day “smart” machines – robots – will do almost all physical activities, so people will have more and more human resources and more and more time for mental work – i.e. innovation development.

Environment is also very important for the innovation development. If we look through our history, it is obvious that creativity and innovation development directly correlates with the development of freedom and security of the society. The environmental differences between the Dark Middle Ages and the Renaissance are clear. The history of the Renaissance ( 14th–17th centuries) evidently demonstrates that liberty was precondition for innovation development. I assume that our society becomes more and more liberal. I see more liberty in families, companies, countries, so the background for the future innovation development is very favourable.

Knowledge on innovation development. Our understanding about how to develop innovations now is more comprehensive than it was 10 years ago. Just look at the number of books on innovations (including this) that are written during the last 10 years. Hundreds of creativity stimulation, new product development, innovation management tools and methods were developed. I think it is very important to deepen our knowledge on innovations. I am also sure that in next 10 years our understanding and knowledge of innovation development will dramatically increase.

Summarising I must say that we never had such a good background for the innovation development and I am strongly believe in the future of innovation.

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Mr Rolandas Strazdas

Mr Rolandas Strazdas

affiliation:   Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

position:  Head of Industrial Enterprises Management Department

country:  Lithuania

area of interest:  Innovation management, Creativity stimulation

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