collaboration

Help on the Ground in China

I've been blogging my way through my experiences managing a team of researchers at EMC Labs China. Some of the key activities that this team participates in are local "high-tech" interactions with universities, conferences, corporations, etc. This is a good thing; the main mantra of reverse innovation is for local innovators to discover and solve local problems.

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The Open Innovation Integrator

Open Innovation seeks to expand a company’s innovation possibilities by accessing ideas, technologies, products and even routes to market using external partners. Along with the opportunities come plenty of challenges; for example Intellectual Property (IP); the degree to which both partners profit from the alliance; “NIH”; and many others all need to be overcome.

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Innovation and Silos

Is it true that the larger your company, the tougher your innovation challenges become? If so, why should this be? It could be argued that more resources, bigger budgets, stronger technology portfolios and greater market access should make companies more successful at innovation.

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Innovator Lifetime Value

As I was speaking with several of the innovation leaders at Intuit on their campus in Mountain View recently, it came to me that organizations should be seeking to build and strengthen relationships with their customers, suppliers, and other potential innovation partners in ways similar to their approach to traditional relationship marketing.

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Re-Envisioning the Client-Agency Relationship

The Digital Age disrupts the practices and beliefs that gird the archetypical relationship between advertising agency and client. The Procter & Gamble Companies discarded a relic of the client-agency relationship, the creative brief. They seek more authentic engagement that leads to more compelling campaigns. What possibilities do clients open when they move from exchanging information to engaging in co-creation? What role might the practice of collaborative innovation play in redefining roles between client and agency?

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Innovate like Famous Explorers

"Men wanted for hazardous journey... Honour and recognition in case of success." This advertisement ran in a London newspaper in 1913. Could you have imagined answering it? If you did, you are a real innovator. Besides you, over 1000 men did. Innovation nowadays has so many similarities with voyages of discovery in the past.

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The Downside of Transparency

Massive information and idea sharing is the hallmark of a high-performing and innovative company, right? When critical information and good ideas flow freely, everyone’s on the same page, everyone knows what everyone else is doing, and that transparency can only be good, right?

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