Idea IS NOT invention IS NOT i

2010/01/06 by Lassi A. Liikkanen

Idea IS NOT invention IS NOT innovation

This guide tries to convey one suggestion for scientific writing:

An idea is not an invention and an invention is not an innovation

Having written few texts about how humans come up with new concepts and gadgets, I have tried to follow the vocabulary so that

An idea is any thought, old or new, that is somehow distinctive in a given context. Such as, I had an idea, I need a beer.

An invention is based on an idea. They demonstrate the viability of an idea. Inventions are typically technical. For instance, to have a beer, I invented a new brewing technique.

An innovation is an invention that is successful. My brewery made me a rich man.

For those interested in creativity and innovation, I recommend the following readings:
Berkun, S. (2007). The Myths of Innovation. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reillly.
Csikzentmihalyi, M. (1996). Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. New York: HarperPerennial.
Drucker, P. F. (1993). Innovation and Entrepreneurship. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Finke, R. A., Ward, T. B., & Smith, S. M. (1992). Creative Cognition. Theory, Research, and Applications. Cambrige, MA: The MIT Press.
Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.). (1999). Handbook of Creativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Weisberg, R. W. (2006). Creativity: Understanding Innovation in Problem Solving, Science, Invention, and the Arts. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Related content:
Liikkanen L., Kuikkaniemi K., Lievonen P. and Ojala P. (2011) Next Step in Electronic Brainstorming: Collaborative Creativity with the Web. To appear In Proc. Extended Abstracts of Human Factors in Computing Systems conference ACM SIGCHI (CHI 2011)., 2013/12/08

About the writing process of Stephen King, 2011/12/07

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