Some innovation principles to live by were a byproduct of the development of Autoliv's award-winning ASH-2 airbag inflator.
Beware of micromanaging talent; give researchers the freedom to do their jobs
Create a stimulating environment without severe formality or rigid guidelines
Offer challenges and expect accountability but don't force specific creative endeavors
Identify and reward self-motivated innovators, not random idea generators
Recognize that vision may come from anywhere in an organization - often from the bottom up
Provide the resources necessary to realize those visions with commercial potential
Understand the fundamental science of research projects