Can innovation be strangely resistant to novelty?

Many innovation processes extinguish “heretical” or novel ideas.  See for example Matt Ridley’s recent Wall Street Journal article:

“The list of scientific heretics who were persecuted for their radical ideas but eventually proved right keeps getting longer. Last month, Daniel Shechtman won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of quasicrystals, having spent much of his career being told he was wrong.

“I was thrown out of my research group. They said I brought shame on them with what I was saying,” he recalled, adding that the doyen of chemistry, the late Linus Pauling, had denounced the theory with the words: “There is no such thing as quasicrystals, only quasi-scientists.”

About Arie Goldshlager

Customer Insight, Customer Strategy, and Innovation Consultant
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1 Response to Can innovation be strangely resistant to novelty?

  1. Pingback: Does peer review crush novel innovation? | Unconventional Wisdom on Customer Strategy and Innovation

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