Wicked Problem Sprint Sessions as a Means of Open Innovation – Development and Evaluation at ISPIM Events

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Conference Proceeding
2017, pp. 1 - 15
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The world is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected, and so are the challenges we face in innovation management – but do our problem solving methods keep pace to deal with such wicked problems? The present study focuses on developing and evaluating an open innovation method named wicked problem sprint sessions (WPSS) to cope with wicked problems in innovation management. This workshop-based method is embedded in the ISPIM conference context and aims at bringing together interdisciplinary experts from the triple helix. The method uses different creativity, design, cross-industry and gamification elements to allow a quick understanding of a focal problem and development of innovative solution ideas and concepts. The contribution is twofold. Firstly, we provide a concise overview of wicked problems with respect to innovation management, linking the multidisciplinary background of wicked problems to the requirements of innovation management. Secondly, we present and evaluate WPSS as a new open innovation method how to solve wicked problems in innovation management, not only in business but also in educational and public domains.
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