The impacts of closing innovation projects on teams

100 Open Startups
2 min readApr 1, 2022

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Published by Bridge Ecosystem Written by Alejandra Flechas — Researcher at FEA/USP

In today’s text, Alejandra Flechas, a researcher at FEA/USP, points out the internal impacts generated from the closure of innovation projects . According to the author, when projects are closed, some elements, such as the degree of involvement and commitment of people, the governance mechanisms of failure in innovation projects, the biases and the mental structure of individuals, can trigger emotions and reactions that can hinder or encourage the willingness to participate in subsequent projects.

The progressive quest of corporations to develop innovations makes this topic important to preserve the innovative health of organizations. In this text, some central aspects related to the impacts of the closure of innovation projects on team members will be discussed.

1. Closing of innovation projects

The first point is to understand what it means, why and when innovation projects are closed. Closing a project means deciding to stop the project before it is completed. Organizations believe that a given innovation project should be terminated mainly because such a project failed to reach a previously agreed minimum performance threshold. When terminating innovation projects, organizations divest resources from that project and reassign other roles to team members. Projects are closed to avoid unnecessary losses, to reallocate resources to other projects deemed more important or more aligned with the organizational strategy.

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This is a production carried out by Bridge Ecosystem , Joint Lab between USP and 100 Open Startups, which aims to generate new methodologies and tools for managing innovation ecosystems .

The initiative was created with the aim of generating methodologies and tools for managing innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of ecosystems and came in response to the manifestation of open innovation managers who pointed out that the practice of innovation could no longer be explained so well by theories, models and traditional concepts.

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