How to Facilitate and Orchestrate Multicultural Innovation and Collaboration

 
Organizations who are striving for mastery in global innovation have one challenge in common: effective collaboration across cultures. If you’re responsible for international programs, projects, products, or services, how are you facilitating innovation and collaboration around the world? The inability of organizations to facilitate multicultural collaboration and knowledge-sharing can affect innovation in terms of concept design, strategic planning, marketing, operational efficiency, customer connection and sales performance in international markets. Yet multicultural collaboration is missing from the global innovation vocabulary.

Responding to the need for organizations to improve global strategic planning and execution, this book presents a framework for effectively conceiving and executing new concepts for international markets. Filling an important gap in knowledge and research on global innovation, Karina Jensen demonstrates how leaders can facilitate multicultural collaboration in service of organizational performance. Cases and findings are shared from international studies of over 200 leaders and 45 multinational firms with headquarters based in Asia, Europe, and North America. Leading Global Innovation provides a practice perspective with specific models and solutions for facilitating multicultural team collaboration, from concept to market. This book offers crucial guidance for executives, managers, consultants, and educators who would like to understand how to lead and orchestrate innovation in a culturally diverse and networked business environment.  

Leading Global Innovation presents the Multicultural Innovation Framework which incorporates three collaboration drivers – Vision, Dialogue, and Space. Each of these drivers offer research discoveries, case examples, practice summaries, and audits for use within projects and initiatives. There are cases and examples from 16 leading organizations including Philips, Siemens, Adobe, Airbnb, Google, Lenovo, Samsung, and Wipro. The book offers readers a guide that is informed by rigorous research yet highly applicable to organizational practices, allowing leaders and teams to meet the new demands for multicultural innovation and collaboration.

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Early Praise for Leading Global Innovation

“Karina Jensen has managed not only to give an up-to-date overview of the crucial aspects of the Innovation process, but she also has given quite some attention to the multi-cultural environment as an incubator for innovation. A must-read for those interested in how diversity and inclusion can help your organisation become more innovative.”


Fons Trompenaars, Author of bestselling Riding the Whirlwind: How to Create a Culture of Innovation

“Based on case studies of multinationals, this book provides practical insights on driving innovation in a culturally diverse global environment. Timely book for trying times.”


Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Marvin Bower Fellow, Harvard Business School

 “A thoroughly researched and insightful exposé of the challenges and means to drive a successful global innovation culture, agenda and in-market success. Well done!!”


Bryan Semkuley, Vice President, Global Innovation, Kimberly-Clark Professional

“A fascinating and welcome look at the merger of multicultural understanding and global innovation. Based on extensive research, this book captures the challenges and solutions for facilitating multicultural collaboration in the crucial realm of innovation.”


Joyce Osland, Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and Executive Director, Global Leadership Advancement Center, San Jose State University

“In our global economy, one of the key success factors in sustaining global innovation requires organisations to provide a creative space and open environment that supports multicultural team collaboration. Karina Jensen’s book provides a framework and guideline supporting organisational goals and ambitions.”


Sheryl Chamberlain, Vice President, Group Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Capgemini

“If you are looking to transform your firm to become a truly global innovator this book is a must-read. The insights are extremely practical and useful and will help any organization looking to innovate.”


Brian Lawley, CEO and Founder, 280 Group

“Innovation in the 21st century is being played out across an increasingly wide geographical stage. This book offers an excellent lens through which to explore some of these shifts and in particular helps us understand some of the strategic management challenges involved.”


John Bessant, Chair and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Exeter