Innovation Leadership Essay

2253 Words Jun 1st, 2014 10 Pages
Innovation Leadership MBA6006 Capella University

Introduction When one thinks of innovation, it is a term used to describe new ideas and new beginnings. One who introduced this concept to a failing organization, was an innovative leader named. Alan Lafley former CEO of P&G, adapted the five discovery skills that were displayed in Dyer, Gregersen, & Christensen ‘s Innovator’s DNA associating, questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting. Lafley applied these skills to create an innovative organization and gave a blueprint for other innovative organizations to follow. Although, leadership is a group experience that includes interpersonal influences or
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Organizations using transactional leadership develop an organizational design and use it within the organization to focus on tasks and the reward structures for completed tasks (Nahavandi, 2006). Lafley was able to change the company dynamics and business model with the use of this leadership model, as P&G transformed from a closed innovation business model to an open innovation business model allowed for the company to reward Lafley for his works. Proctor and Gamble (P&G) is said to have had one of the most impressive research and development labs, which kept them leaps ahead of their competition until the late 1990’s. It should be noted that what is significant about P&G during their early innovative years is that their research labs were global although their innovative R&D processes were at the time considered “closed”. Actually, P&G had taken a significant step into the future long before their competition by strategically developing global R&D teams within their organizational infrastructure (Rao, Venkatesh, & Devi, (2009) p. 3). But again, technology waits for no one and it would bring P&G’s innovative strategies to a grinding halt decreasing the companies’ profits significantly by 2002. It was the pressure of new technologies challenging organizations to work

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