Despite an over-abundance of media coverage about the importance of innovation in recent years, it seems the business media may not have gotten its point across. Instead of hailing innovation as The Next Big Thing, journalists and book authors now wonder if there's an Innovation Gap in U.S. business. The September 22nd issue of BusinessWeek, "Keeping America Competitive," is coupled with online articles like "Firing Up America's Idea Economy" and "Can America Invent Its Way Back?." Judy Estrin also examines flagging innovation culture in her new book, "Closing the Innovation Gap."
As a follow-up to my, I wanted to share what my colleagues at frog design, a global innovation firm, think. When we heard about a so-called innovation gap, we asked all four of our US studios what they thought. In one hour more than 50 "frogs" responded. Here's our crowdsourced blitz survey response to the current innovation gap debate.