Title: Improving learning competencies in the context of radical innovation: a team perspective

Authors: Jacob Brix; Ole Lauridsen

Addresses: Department of Business Communication, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Fuglesangs Allé 29, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark ' Centre for Teaching and Learning, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Fuglesangs Allé 4, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark

Abstract: This study widens the current state-of-the-art for improving teamwork in practice by enhancing personal and interpersonal learning competencies. The foundation for the study is obtained by conducting eight months of action research at five Lithuanian SMEs who followed Brix and Jakobsen's (2013) radical innovation method the 'Creative Idea Solution (CIS) framework'. As part of the authors' intervention, Lauridsen's (2012) updated version of the building excellence (BE) learning styles model (Dunn and Rundle, 2007) was implemented in the five innovation teams. The results represent important implications for organisations and teams in practice as well as they represent new insight to the innovation management literature and organisation science. Here, focus on improving organisational practice is starting to sprout and a scientific contribution is no longer the only imperative (Huber, 2011).

Keywords: radical innovation; learning styles; action research; multiple case study; team effectiveness; innovation practice; learning competences; teamwork; teams; Lithuania; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; innovation management; organisation science.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2014.065544

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2014 Vol.16 No.4, pp.367 - 383

Published online: 07 Nov 2014 *

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