Thursday, December 1, 2005

Will it work?

While finishing the book »Crones don't Whine« on my flight back from the »Multi-Country Seminar on SMEs Development Policies« in Budapest, I was in parallel thinking about the relationship between inspiration and innovation … my presentation was on Innovation & SMEs and my point was that we have to manage innovation process in SMEs with a similar professionalism and sustainability as in larger business environments with a special emphasis on growth and participation of as a large critical mass of employees as possible ... we need to inspire them to be self motivated for creative thinking ... however, listening to the rest of the speakers, I got an impression that the financial incentives and regulatory environments are really the focus of the EU policies for growth and innovation ... will it work? ... my concern is that awareness and knowledge and social acceptance might be even more important for broader acceptance of innovation as a strategic direction and for more active role of SMEs that the official framework for innovation and SMEs itself ... is it better to start building the environment and implementing the rules based on our current perception of needs or would it be better to invest in building up a more self confident and self motivated society and individuals. The innovative environment would in such a case be a (self organized) consequence …