Being a Systems Innovator

David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Joycelyn Streator

Emory University - Department of Decision & Information Analysis

IS GLOBALTEXT EFFORT, Chapter 1, February 2007

Let us welcome you the modern age, so full of promise both in terms of human and technological progress! In this chapter, we address the role of innovation and being a systems innovator. Without systems innovators, it is quite possible that our modern age would not be so full of promise and potential. In fact, without systems innovators, humanity might never have reached modernity at all. Several historians say we humans are "modern" when we do not automatically reject new or foreign elements in society. For human society, modernity begins when communities began to explore, tolerate, and accept the new and diverse. Thus, modernity includes a receptiveness of human societies to new ideas. Living in the modern age allows us to expect that modern enterprises and markets will tolerate and potentially reward to new ideas and new practice. In a modern age, those individuals who design insightful innovations (i.e., innovators) can be highly praised if their innovations are well timed, well designed, and well implemented. As systems innovators, we welcome the modern age and strive to be open to new and beneficial ideas of change. Human societies value and evaluate new ideas by expected impact and effect. Modern markets and firms represent particular types of human organizations. Markets and firms can incorporate innovations by changing either their design or practices.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: innovation, design, information systems, organizational systems, modernity

JEL Classification: D23, D81, D83, O31

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Date posted: February 23, 2007  

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Bray, David A. and Konsynski, Benn and Streator, Joycelyn, Being a Systems Innovator. IS GLOBALTEXT EFFORT, Chapter 1, February 2007 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=964672

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David A. Bray (Contact Author)
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dbray
National Defense University ( email )
Marshall Hall
300 5th Avenue
Washington, DC 20319-5066
United States
Benn Konsynski
Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )
1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States
Joycelyn Streator
Emory University - Department of Decision & Information Analysis ( email )
United States
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