Some innovation principles to live by were a byproduct of the development of Autoliv's award-winning ASH-2 airbag inflator. They include:
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.