Innovation Process

The near infrared spectroscopy has been a very timely innovation for the agricultural analysis and the application in forestry. The innovation save time, it is not destructive. The instrument is also mobile and can be used in the field and in the lab. The innovation can also be able to measure many constituents in one go and is very economical. The NIR spectroscope went through the innovation stages and was adopted and diffused successfully (source PrimeTimeEssay.com – Free Education service for Student).

The diffusion Network leader

The diffusion network is headed by an informal leader. The leader is highly charismatic and credible. The opinion leader has a big support team and is a very critical thinker. The leader enjoys trust from both the group and the outside sources. The leader’s ability to influence how the group behaves and thinks sets him apart from the rest. The leader also represents the ideals of the group and its norms. The leader has a very in-depth technical ability on the project. The leader is the ultimate decision maker after consultation with other leader. I am not a leader in the network; however, I am part of the body that forms the group. I feel productive in my role but I give the very best of my ability whenever called upon. The level of knowledge required for one to an opinion leader is very high. My expertise and knowledge still requires furnishing and that is how i am not yet a leader.

Other leaders in the system

The system is made up of very many technology experts. These experts make up the wider leadership in the system. This wider network of system leaders for the decision making level of the group. They strong willed and competent. The formal leaders mostly share the same principles and thoughts of the informal opinion leader.
Degree of centralization in decision making

The ability to make sound decisions in a diffusion network is very critical. The hierarchy of power and the consideration for all the parties involved is very important. In my network decision making is centralized. The formal leader airs their views on the subject matter bearing in mind efficiency and effectiveness. Then the informal leader’s forms the conclusion based on sober judgment. The concept of efficient and effective decision making is echoed by (Carayannis 2006). The concept prestige is also discussed. The ability for there to be a unanimous decision making process is highly dependent on the opinion leader’s influence on the group.

The direction of the innovation

The purpose and direction of the innovation is based on the need to make the grain reserve more efficient. The driving force is an urge to ensure a more rewarding farming process. The decisions for which innovation is for every member, every researcher airs their thoughts and then the final choice is made by the top brass. These choices have to factor in the desires of the client.

Client’s role in a diffusion process

The choice of which innovation to be diffused: one that should involve all the stakeholders. The idea of leaving the client to make that choice kills the industries growth capacity (Brandon). However the role of the client in the design of a unique innovation is important. This is because the client brings forth knowledge from the ground and walks with innovators every step of the way. The client might also present a need that was not considered a need before.

The stages of innovation
  1. Generating and mobilizing. The competition that surrounds a firm forms its desire to invent (Merrill 2006).Most other inventions are also fueled by a need to explore. The generation of ideas is the first step. Then the mobilization of resources follows. A firm should be able to include the need for inventions coupled up by creativity. A good example is the IDEO branding company in California.
  2. Evaluation and screening. Here a full screening is conducted. The advantages and disadvantages are explored and all the possible risks are weeded out. A transparent process is necessary to ensure ideas are well weighed and researched.
  3. Experimental stage. The ideas are experimented to ensue how sustainable they can be. The experiment looks at the potential clients and the environment that invention is being purposed for.
  4. Commercialization. At this point there is a role out to the general public. Then customers evaluate if indeed the product solves their problems and limitations. The firm also conducts feasibility test to test the cost effectiveness of the invention
  5. The diffusing and implementing stage. Here the acceptance of the company insiders to the intention is sort, the test procedure are approved. Then the final stage begins where the setting up of the resources needed to produce the products is carried out. Then the lamentation begins.