R&D

Inside Four Decades of Breakthroughs at IBM Research

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American industry has a rich heritage of top-notch corporate labs. Bell Labs created not only the transistor, but also other fundamental breakthroughs, such as the laser and information theory. PARC, developed much of the technology we associate with modern computers, such as the mouse and the graphical user interface. Both labs have attained mythical status and rightly so. Yet IBM ...

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Facing the New Innovating World in the 21st Century

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This week my research was moving around issues of complexity within innovation and I came across a great paper, written by Deborah Dougherty called "Organizing for innovation in complex innovation systems". Dougherty is attempting to reframe these into problem resolutions from breaking down discovery into four distinct channels. I liked this thinking.

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Does the new need to be new?

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Does every innovation need new technology, or a new manufacturing process, or a new patent? Does it need to be new for the sake of it? Not if you understand exactly what you have before you start, and how it can be exploited further to meet new demands in the marketplace.

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State Backing for R&D is Declining

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Growth is a permanent feature of western economic discourse, with politicians of all stripes promising to deliver it as the path to prosperity.  Of course, economists have long since known that growth is only possible through innovation, so it is perhaps no surprise that governments around the world are investing heavily in innovation. You have reports like the annual INSEAD/WIPO ...

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The Only Three Swim Lanes that Matter to a Business

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  In the course of my training with business leaders, we inevitably come to the existential business question… “What is the purpose of a business?” This is a great question, and one with a very simple answer. The purpose of a business is to create value. That’s it.  To create value.  Plain and simple.  That is what a business does. ...

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Keep Innovation Management Simple

Keep Innovation Management Simple

Innovation is the lifeblood of business growth.  Innovation management is also a process; a means of getting the right product to the right people at the right time. Yet all too often innovation management doesn’t work well.  It can be uncoordinated, out of sequence, either cutting corners or over-engineered.  Innovation initiatives often start with generating broad ideas out of context.  ...

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