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Being innovative is important - So how do you do it?

with David Cropley

25 Apr 2022 11:00 am

On today's show, I have Dr David Cropley. David is the Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia and he specialises in helping people and organisations become better, more effective, problem solvers.

Dr Cropley’s research interests range across creativity in education, the assessment of creativity and innovation in organisations, the role of creativity and innovation in terrorism and crime, and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering.

We are talking about four lenses through which David sees innovation and the most important question - how can you become more innovative?

In this episode, we are talking about:

  • What does innovation mean to you? Your definition/mental model of innovation?
  • Various criteria for a product, service, or business model to be innovative?
  • The four lenses and more details about them.
  • Details on the process, place, and personal aspect. I reckon people easily understand the product lens.
  • How do I do it - as a business leader, small business owner, and individual working professional?
  • Any easy and quick-to-follow tips you would like to recommend.

David Cropley is a Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia. He specialises in helping people and organisations become better, more effective, problem solvers.

Dr Cropley has taught a variety of courses on engineering, including digital electronics, linear electronics, systems engineering, and engineering design. He teaches creativity and innovation across programs, from gifted education to management. Dr Cropley’s research interests range across creativity in education, the assessment of creativity and innovation in organisations, the role of creativity and innovation in terrorism and crime, and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering.

Dr Cropley is the author/co-author of nine books including Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex Problems (Academic Press, 2015); The Psychology of Innovation in Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Femina Problematis Solvendis – Problem-Solving Woman: A History of the Creativity of Women (Springer, 2020).

Now a recognised expert in creative problem solving and innovation, Dr David Cropley was a scientific consultant and on-screen expert for the Australian ABC TV Documentaries Redesign My Brain (2013), Life at 9 (2014) and Redesign My Brain, Series 2 (2015). For more than 20 years, he has helped schools and organisations in Australia, the US, and Europe develop more effective, creative problem solvers.

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