Monthly Archives: August 2011

Where Good Ideas Come From

One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from? With Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his bestselling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal ...

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Superficial Open Innovation

Perhaps the question should be: Is the term, open innovation, superficial? The topic was raised at the Open Innovation Summit in Chicago after a presentation given by Susan Harman, Group Manager, Open Innovation at Intuit. Intuit began their open innovation efforts a few years back, and they have lots of ongoing initiatives. So they do open innovation, but when Susan ...

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An Inside/Out Culture of Innovation

If you work in an organization that wants a “culture of innovation” — you have two basic choices: outside/in or inside/out. Outside/in is the most common approach. It assumes that re-engineering systems or processes is the way to go. You know, crank up the rewards, have more brainstorming sessions, increase cross-functional collaboration, buy idea management software and so forth. Not ...

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Don't Take Your Eye Off the Innovation Ball

I’d like to tell you a parable about an innovation effort. This parable has the additional benefit of being true, though the names and descriptions have changed to protect the innocent. As many of you will know, a parable is a story that instructs or informs. I hope this parable will instruct and inform many of you. The parable has ...

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