Tag Archives: research

Anticipate What’s Next

Look closely at a business with good timing and you will find it is skilled at anticipation. The company muscles seem to act and respond in such a way as to produce maximum impact at just the right moment. This stems from early cues and putting the information to work faster than others can. Anticipation is the action that puts ...

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Do Universities Matter for Innovation?

I’m probably going to get in trouble for this post because the answer to the title question is yes and no. I am employed by the University of Queensland which prides itself as being the most successful commercializer of research in Australia. However, I have never been convinced by the simple argument that universities matter because they produce groundbreaking research ...

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Do Tax Breaks for R&D Lead to Innovation?

Innovation is a complex process and I’m always skeptical about simple solutions to encourage companies to be more innovative. Recently I have written about some evidence against the widely-held assumption that creating industry clusters will make firms in these clusters more innovative. It turns out the the relationship between industry clusters and innovation depends a lot more on the type ...

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R&D – Managing R is Different than D

It seems very obvious, but in daily corporate life it does not always happen: Research should be managed differently than Development. Although it is normal to mention Research & Development together, they are clearly quite different in nature. Sure, in the end they are part of the same innovation funnel, but their objectives and characteristics are very different. Research normally ...

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An Open Letter on Innovation to President Obama

"We need to out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild the rest of the world" - President Obama --- In reading the stories and quotes from last night's State of the Union address by President Obama, it is clear, and frustrates me to no end, that my government talks a lot about innovation but still does not understand how to foster it. Innovation in America, especially in the short term, is not achieved by pumping huge sums of money into government-sponsored research and development efforts.

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Solving Innovation Problems with Strangers

What’s it like? by Stefan Lindegaard In writing and making public presentations about open innovation, I often remind people that while process is important, in the end success comes down to having people with the right mindset and skills. So much can be accomplished when a good team comes together, even when that team consists of experts in various disciplines ...

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Outsourcing Innovation

Over the last 20 years or so, as global barriers fell and telecommunications and information infrastructure increased, it has become easier and cheaper to outsource some functions. In the US this started with NAFTA for manufacturing and then moved to Taiwan and to mainland China. For services it started in the nineties as many firms moved high overhead operations like ...

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