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Current Trends in Innovation Management and the Role of Human Capital

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In recent years, companies have faced significant changes in the way in which they manage the generation and development of innovation. The diffusion of the open innovation model, the phenomenon of converging technologies and the widespread applications of digitalization require companies not only to redesign their organizational structures and processes but also to redefine the skillset of the employees in charge of the innovation activities. Adopting a micro level of analysis, the chapter draws attention to the way in which the different tangible and intangible dimensions of human capital have been analyzed in the literature in relation to innovation. Then, the aim and the structure of the book are described. Offering emerging insights into the human side of innovation through the lenses of emotional and social intelligence competencies, this book aims to advance the understanding of the relevance of behavioral competencies in fostering the innovation process.

Keywords

  • Open innovation process
  • Human capital
  • Organization design
  • Emotional intelligence

Individuals, not the organization, are the ones that identify and exploit new innovative ideas in collaboration with external partners, and they are the ones that may become more efficient at generating new ideas through teamwork and partnership.

(Rangus and Černe 2017:169)

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Bonesso, S., Cortellazzo, L., Gerli, F. (2020). Current Trends in Innovation Management and the Role of Human Capital. In: Behavioral Competencies for Innovation. Palgrave Pivot, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40734-6_1

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