To innovate means to change. Change and innovation are necessary to adapt to rapidly changing and challenging environments. Furthermore, innovations can substantially improve our living conditions: Think of innovative medical treatments that have greatly increased life expectancy, or innovations such as soil fertilizers that have substantially reduced food shortage. Innovation can be defined as the intentional introduction and application within a particular social unit (e.g., a team or organization) of ideas, processes, products, or procedures that are new to that social unit and that are designed to be useful. Examples of innovations include the introduction of a new computer program in an organization, the introduction of new products to a market, or the introduction of a new service to customers.

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