Monthly Archives: March 2013

Innovation and the Bystander Effect

Are our colleagues susceptible to the Bystander Effect when working on innovation initiatives? In the field of social psychology, the Bystander Effect refers to the phenomenon in which a person in a crowd is less likely to take direct action in a difficult situation than would be the case if that same person were to encounter the situation alone or in a much smaller group.

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A New Form of Crowdsourcing for Innovation: Problemsourcing

An increasing number of companies use crowdsourcing today, tasking the crowd to come up with creative solutions to their corporate problems. But this open, company-initiated approach has drawbacks, like the uncertainty of crowd response, the temporary nature of the relationship or the identity clash that can arise when there is a poor fit with the identity or culture of the organization.

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Five Free Nine Innovation Roles Gifts

I increasingly cringe every time I see a new article talking about someone's innovator's DNA or innovation personality, or other similar lines of thinking or frameworks that insinuate that people are either innovative or not, or that some people are more innovative than others. It's just not true. I’m a firm believer that it’s not personalities that matter so much when it comes to innovation, it’s the roles that we play in making innovation happen (or not).

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Shepherding Innovation

Innovation, and the skills and activities surrounding this are seen as the holy grail of creating products people love which generate a defensible revenue stream and differentiation from competitors… why is this so hard then? Why do we see companies with significant resources focused on this fail to achieve it?

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Software Leader SAP on their Changing Growth Strategy

Exclusive interview with SAP on their Growth Strategy - The German business software company, SAP, has experienced exponential growth since five system analysts first established it in 1972. David Payne, Vice President, Technology, discusses SAP’s expansion plans with The Growth Strategy Company. SAP is not only facing the challenge of altering its growth strategy, but also the speed in which this strategy needs to be put into effect.

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