Innovation Perspectives – Building the Innovation Organisation

This is the sixth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Michael Soerensen To define “ownership” or management of innovation within a company, it’s vital to start out by looking at the organisational side of it. ...

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Smarter Cities – Smarter Planet

IBM recently launched its Smarter Cities initiative. Part of its overall SmarterPlanet project, Smarter Cities is an effort to find solutions to the problems that will occur due to our ever-increasing population growth in urban centers around the world: “In 1900, only 13% of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2050, that number will have risen to 70%. We ...

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Innovating on a Tighter Budget

Point: Innovation doesn’t have to be expensive Story: Current surveys indicate that more companies are reducing innovation budgets this year, but the good news is that innovation doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are two stories that show how to innovate inexpensively: J.B. Hunt was just a truck driver in the 1940s when he saw that rice mills in Arkansas ...

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Innovation Perspectives – An Innovation Progression

This is the fifth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mark Roser Having consulted in the new product and innovation areas of major pharmaceutical companies and commercial transportation companies over the past 12 years, and ...

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Making Innovation Happen in the Downturn

What should innovation leaders do make things happen in times like this to? Let me present you with some ideas and hopefully you can add more advice on this in the following discussion. Here are eight quick tips: 1. Align With Executives You need to have a better alignment between the innovation strategy and the overall corporate strategy. One way ...

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A Healthclub for Innovators

Building a prototype of your innovation is a crucial link between conceiving the idea and commercializing it. A physical prototype helps you get immediate feedback from customers, designers, and financial backers as to the commercial viability of the project. It is a necessary step in the patent process. It is a pivotal point in the “GO vs. NO GO” decision, ...

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Book Review – "Innovation Tournaments"

A few weeks ago I received “Innovation Tournaments” by Christian Terwiesch and Karl T. Ulrich in the mail. “Innovation Tournaments” is a relatively short, easy, and pleasant read. This book is definitely one of my favorite innovation books to date as it covers concepts clearly and in an accessible way. Wharton professors Terwiesch and Ulrich have chosen to focus their ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Should Marketing or R&D lead?

This is the fourth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Drew Boyd Who leads innovation in your company: marketing or R&D? It’s a trick question, of course. But it’s a useful question for Fortune 100 ...

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Unleash Your Inner Genius

Ten great ways to boost your personal creativity by Paul Sloane Let’s say you are wrestling with a tough issue – maybe at work, at home, with your children or in your social life. You have been stuck for a while and you can’t seem to make a breakthrough. You want to come up with some really creative ideas. What ...

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Why Alltop.com is Now Even More Elegant

FYI – Both Blogging Innovation and In Pursuit of Elegance can be found on Alltop’s Innovation category by Matthew E May If you’ve clued in to how best to use Twitter — which IMHO is as a broadcast channel more than anything else — you know that you have to troll the web for value-added “newscasts” for your growing audience. ...

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