People & Skills

Books as Tools: A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing is a compendium of best practices, advice and case studies from leading thinkers, commentators and practitioners edited by Paul Sloane. Chapters are written by an international team of eminent thinkers, writers and practitioners in the field, and covers the definition of open innovation, how to manage virtual teams and co-create with customers, how to overcome legal and IP issues and common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid.

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Thinking Through a Crowdsourcing Initiative [2/3]

Crowdsourcing does have a real potential in my mind but does seem to have some formidable issues to work through, to be well understood and managed. Partnering with experts in this field will help overcome many of these barriers or at least have reassuring suggestions for resolving them. Let’s take a look at some of these here in this post. ...

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Where is the Crowdsourcing Movement Heading? [1/3]

Author’s note: This is a three-part series. Crowdsourcing has been growing in interest for some time to change our thinking in innovation discovery. It can hold a key for us to help solve vexing questions, real challenges, and connect different voices, that builds into a community that can combine and open up the fields of opportunity for new solutions. Crowdsourcing ...

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How to Actually Keep a Trade Secret

I can’t tell you it is a secret – well ok… Trade secrets have a number of fundamental flaws. Probably the most difficult thing about keeping a trade secret is your company has to be able to keep a secret. While the concept of keeping a secret is easy, the implementation can be extremely difficult. With algorithm or process based secrets, ...

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Moving Away from Best Practices

If the work is new, there is no best practice. When you read the best books you’ll understand what worked in situations that are different than yours. When you read the case studies you’ll understand how one company succeeded in a way that won’t work in yours. The best practices in the literature worked in a different situation, in a ...

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