Scholarly Article Review : “The Innovator’s DNA”

The authors of the article Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen have the proper affiliations to write on the selected topic. They hold PhD in the disciplines that have a considerable impact on decision making in business, namely Business Administration, Strategy, and Leadership and Innovation. The authors conducted research in order to improve  entrepreneurship practices through innovation. Thesis statement: In the article “The Innovator’s DNA”, researchers highlight the link between DNA and innovative thinking that allows individuals to become innovators and develop the proper discovery skills to move their ideas progressively.

In fact, the methods used by the authors to obtain the information in the article are few, including academic sources, self-assessments, media events like conferences, and cases studies, which provide analysis of various organizations that employ innovators. For example, the authors discussed the experiences of innovative entrepreneurs, who managed to acquire their innovation skills and apply them in practice. Among them were the leaders of Amazin, Apple, Google, Skype, and Virgin Group. The authors identified five discovery skills that make it possible to distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and CEOs from ordinary managers, including Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting. Christensen’s characteristics of an innovator are relevant to Adam Grant, whose innovative thinking is applicable to the field of organizational psychology. Grant claims, “You can boost your creativity by being quick to start and slow to finish. And you can motivate yourself to try by doubting your ideas, accepting the fear of failing, and knowing that you need many bad ideas in order to get a few good ones” (TED, 2016)

In conclusion, the authors suggest that mastering the proper competences, it is possible to rate one’s own DNA in order to assess the opportunities for generating new ideas, foster collaboration to implement these ideas and develop innovative skills to address the needs of the organization. Actually, these skills can help the organization which employs innovators to maintain a competitive advantage.

In general, the authors’ conclusion is supported by the valid data, although there are some biased factual statements regarding the nature of innovative thinking. The authors suggest that  “innovators must consistently act different to think different” (Dyer et al., 2009). They refer to generalization which may lead to bias results.

Thus, the article “The Innovator’s DNA” proves the fact that it is possible to significantly improve innovative entrepreneurship through development of the proper discovery skills to move new ideas progressively. These skills are essential for organizational leaders to enhance organizational processes, guide employees, and contribute to the ongoing organizational growth.

References

Dyer, J., Gregersen, H. & Christensen, C. M. (2009). The Innovator’s DNA. Harvard Business   Review, December 2009.https://hbr.org/2009/12/the-innovators-dna.

TED. (April, 2016). The surprising habits of original thinkers by Adam Grant. YouTube. Apr. 26, 2016. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxbCHn6gE3U

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