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Innovation the Chinese Way: Francois Jullien Weighs In

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François Jullien is a brilliant French philosopher, professor at Paris Diderot University, and heading the chair for Alterity: he likes to take one step back, immersing himself in a different culture, and then come back to his initial matter. That’s what he did with China, adopting Chinese point of view before coming back to Europe, identifying gaps, and questioning back European way of thinking, raising the ‘unconsidered’, what is not currently being thought over. He just published...

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Why Intrapreneurs Should be Valued by Corporate Leaders: An Introduction

The power and freedom that entrepreneurs and their startups embody is reinforced through a constant stream of media highlighting success, purpose and (mostly bullsh*t) bucolic work environments. As the global economy improves, business leaders of established corporate organizations need to consider how they can introduce an entrepreneurial spirit. Intrapreneurs are the answer, and this article provides a high level overview.

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Building a Global Innovation Capability at a Large Company

An interesting thing happens in successful companies. They tend to focus on what made them successful and over time actually drive out innovation and instead develop a resistance to risk-taking. Known as the “incumbent’s curse,” examples are easily found, such as Kodak, Research in Motion, Sony, and Hewlett Packard. Find a large company and chances are high that...

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Innovation Leadership Needs More than Words

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Last year I helped to run a survey with members of the IACCM (International Association of Contract and Commercial Management). We found that while 73% of organizations represented had innovation as an explicit Top 3 priority, only half of respondents felt that they had C-suite support; with 32% ticking the “don’t know” box.

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