I am a great fan of innovation. I mentioned this fact to our editor Anthony, and he responded by asking me to expand on the subject. So, I have.
What better place to start than with Google? Type in 'innovation' and you end up with 'About 1,930,000,000 results (0.80 seconds)'. Refine that to a dictionary definition and the first one that appears is 'noun: the action or process of innovation', 'a new method, idea, product etc.'
I then discovered that there are four different types of innovation: Incremental, Disruptive, Architectural and Radical. And there are five different innovation methods: Employee, Customer, Partner/Supplier, Competitor and Public. A further click of the mouse led me to an article titled 'The eight essentials of innovation' which cited NASA's Ames Research Centre and what they considered the essence of innovation: Aspire, Choose, Discover, Evolve, Accelerate, Scale, Extend and Mobilise.