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  • Writer's pictureAri Mostov

🌟 The Innovation Narrative 🌟


Let's delve into the concept of the Innovation Narrative.


"Innovation" entails creating novel solutions that add value, while a "narrative" refers to a cohesive system of stories. An innovation narrative represents a structured collection of stories that facilitate innovation.


According to Caroline Bartel and Raghu Garud, “Innovation narratives are potent tools for translating ideas throughout an organization, making them easily understandable.”


Innovation Narrative

An innovation narrative serves as a North Star for organizations, providing a foundation of truth and direction as teams endeavor to navigate uncharted territories. It not only elucidates the purpose behind innovation but also establishes a common lexicon for teams engaged in collaborative creation. Shared language significantly streamlines the innovation process.


Within an innovation narrative, individual stories recount endeavors, achievements, and setbacks, fostering a culture of learning, experimentation, and fervor.


Models play are essential to innovation narratives, offering visual representations of conceptual frameworks, logic sequences, or even prototypes. These models equip the audience with contextual understanding and detailed insights, anchoring them within the narrative.


Effectively embraced, an innovation narrative employs strategic communications to synchronize innovation endeavors and provide clarity amidst uncertainty. Without communications between individuals and teams, innovation dies on the vine.


What truly resonates for me about an innovation narrative is its capacity to imbue both individuals and organizations with profound meaning. As Ilkka Tuomi writes, “Innovation...is more about creating meaning than it is about creating artifacts.” As a storytelling species, we find meaning most often through stories. 


For organizations that seek to innovate their way to a better and brighter future, it's innovation narratives that provide the meaning and means to make their efforts a success.

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