This book presents a new model, the competency framework, for students, innovators, entrepreneurs, managers, and anyone who wants to better understand the dynamic world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Focused on both the individual and strategic organizational level, this book is about people and the competencies each person needs to learn to be successful in creating a more dynamic future. Matthews and Brueggemann’s framework for innovation and entrepreneurship competencies empowers individuals to excel at innovation and new venture creation.

It provides a practical guide and clear and concise understanding of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences that are needed to increase imagination, creativity, innovation and new venture creation capability. Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be attractive for students of entrepreneurship, innovation, management and cross-disciplinary classes, such as design thinking.

Presented in a modular format, Innovation & Entrepreneurship informs the future direction of people and technology, as well as the educational systems producing the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Based on extensive academic research, this book is organized into two sections: Twelve innovation elements and twelve competency categories. The elements are the foundation and the competency categories are the building blocks that inform our path toward a more precise understanding of how innovation and entrepreneurship plays an important role in economic development and our daily lives.

chapter |8 pages


chapter 1|19 pages

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Importance

chapter 2|29 pages

The Elements of Innovation

chapter 4|13 pages

Innovative Behaviors

chapter 5|14 pages

Innovation and Thinking

chapter 6|14 pages

Problem Solving

chapter 7|22 pages

Knowledge Building

chapter 8|23 pages

Creativity Insights

chapter 9|17 pages

Culture Building

chapter 10|23 pages

Innovation Theory

chapter 11|24 pages


chapter 12|18 pages

Innovation Strategy

chapter 13|15 pages

Catalytic Leadership

chapter 14|19 pages

Ecosystems Interdependencies

chapter 15|19 pages

Technology Accelerators

chapter 16|11 pages

The Importance of Intellectual Property

chapter 17|14 pages

Applying Innovation Processes

chapter 18|7 pages

Creating a Learning Architecture