Today there is a plenty of literature on Continuous Innovation: CI started ages ago, first in the USA, then in Japan. Notwithstanding this fact, little is known about Continuous Innovation in other continents: more exactly little is known about state-ofthe-art CI in Europe and even less about the situation in Italy. Given all the developments in markets, competition and society at large, as well as in terms of technology, organisation and management, CI will play an important role on those continents as well. So, it is important from both a scientific and practitioner point of view to know more about CI in Europe. Within this framework our attention will be focused on the situation in Italy. The research presented derives from the survey conducted by the Italian CINet research group. 440 firms were randomly contacted and 60 responses received (response rate of 13.6%). Three research questions have been investigated in the paper: the improvement tools adopted in Italy and the reasons (RQ1); the state-of-the art of the improvement activities and its evolution (RQ2) and, finally, the relations between CI tools, ability development and performance (RQ3)

Continuous Innovation in Italy: Where We Are

MARTINI, ANTONELLA;PELLEGRINI, LUISA
2004

Abstract

Today there is a plenty of literature on Continuous Innovation: CI started ages ago, first in the USA, then in Japan. Notwithstanding this fact, little is known about Continuous Innovation in other continents: more exactly little is known about state-ofthe-art CI in Europe and even less about the situation in Italy. Given all the developments in markets, competition and society at large, as well as in terms of technology, organisation and management, CI will play an important role on those continents as well. So, it is important from both a scientific and practitioner point of view to know more about CI in Europe. Within this framework our attention will be focused on the situation in Italy. The research presented derives from the survey conducted by the Italian CINet research group. 440 firms were randomly contacted and 60 responses received (response rate of 13.6%). Three research questions have been investigated in the paper: the improvement tools adopted in Italy and the reasons (RQ1); the state-of-the art of the improvement activities and its evolution (RQ2) and, finally, the relations between CI tools, ability development and performance (RQ3)
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