Author Archives: Hutch Carpenter

14 Most Important Innovation Factors

I came across a nice 2003 study by Dutch academics titled, “SME innovation and the crucial role of the entrepreneur.” The study’s purpose was to ask small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) what they viewed the most important factors in innovation to be. In this study, SMEs consist of 100 employees or less. Rather than have the businesses come up with ...

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Is Innovation Helped or Hurt by Self-Censorship?

I came across this interesting perspective on the blog of Mark Turrell, CEO of idea management software company Imaginatik, in his post Myth #3: “We need lots of ideas”: The next time someone tells you that you need lots of ideas, stop, think and work out the outcomes you want before you go collecting thousands, and thousands, and potentially more ...

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Culture Is as Culture Does – Enterprise 2.0

“We get frustrated when we hear “motherhood and apple-pie” lessons about Enterprise 2.0. I would have screamed had I heard one more speaker or seen one more tweet telling me “it’s not about the tools, you know. It’s about culture.” Yes, we heard. We agree. But we are past this. Let’s now talk about the nature of effective culture change. ...

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Corporate Innovation – Both Emergent and Managed

Item #1, The Crowd Is Wise (When It’s Focused), New York Times: “Successful projects are typically hybrids of ideas flowing from a decentralized crowd and a hierarchy winnowing and making decisions.” Item #2, Innovation Management an Oxymoron, Paul Golding: “When I get requests for ‘sync up’ and ‘co-ordination’ and ‘alignment’ and all those other management ‘control’ phrases, I know that ...

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