September 12, 2013 | By MIT Sloan Management Review
The editors of MIT Sloan Management Review announce the winners of the 2013 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize, awarded to the authors of the most outstanding MIT SMR article on planned change and organizational development published from fall 2011 to summer 2012. The Winners: Eoin Whelan, Salvatore Parise, Jasper de Valk and Rick Aalbers, authors of “Creating Employee Networks That Deliver Open Innovation.”
This article makes important contributions to research and practice as virtual and face-to-face networks evolve together in organizations. In the vital area of innovation, the authors identify the “idea connector” as one who transmits ideas from an “idea scout.” Successful connectors have the interpersonal skills and informal contacts to complement the work of the scouts, whose information collection is often primarily Web-based.