Creating a Bachelor of Innovation

This is Finalist #1 of 3 in the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) Ticket Contest Vote for this entry by leaving a comment or sending an @reply to @innovate on Twitter with “I vote for #1” in it. This entry is about a ongoing educational innovation, a paradigm shift, offering new degrees with a common core focused on teams of students ...

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Breaking Innovation Barriers by Looking Beyond

This is Finalist #2 of 3 in the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) Ticket Contest Vote for this entry by leaving a comment or sending an @reply to @innovate on Twitter with “I vote for #2” in it. If you are a scientist or an engineer, you know firsthand that innovation is neither inexpensive nor straightforward. It is a long convoluted ...

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Watch Out for the Innovation Boogeyman

If you are operating under tight resource constraints (and these days, who isn't?), you may recognize that this is the innovation world you face every day. You desperately want to - need to - innovate, but you are in the dark about emerging technologies, consumer trends, and competitive movements. Optimally, you'd like to throw on the light switch and see clearly into all of those areas, but the costs of market research studies, consumer testing, innovation management software, and outside consultants are beyond your reach.

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LinkedIn or Ning for Innovation Community?

Which do people prefer for sharing interesting news, articles, videos, and all around community – Ning or LinkedIn? I created an Innovation Community a year ago on Ning and to date it has 42 members. Ning had a lot of promise when it first came on the scene, but I’m not sure that it has a bright future because it ...

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Creating a Culture of Innovation

I define innovation as an “organization’s ability to adapt and evolve repeatedly and rapidly to stay one step ahead of the competition.” A culture of innovation, when done right, gives you a competitive edge because it makes you more nimble with an increased ability to sense and respond to change. A culture of innovation has less to do specifically with ...

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Five Ways to Create Innovation Throughout Your Life

When innovation is brought up in a business context, we mostly think about, well, the business. We think of innovations related to products, business models, go-to-market strategies and the like. This blog does a great job of identifying and promoting specific strategies and tactics for accelerating and maximizing innovation through those and other business-specific contexts. But your business strategy is ...

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Time for a Disruptive Business Model?

How disruptive is your business model? While much has been written about corporate vision, mission, process, leadership, strategy, branding and a variety of other business practices, it is the engineering of these practices to be disruptive that maximizes opportunities. Without a disruptive focus you are merely building your business model on a “me too” platform of mediocrity. As we move ...

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Building a Better Innovation Business Model

Whether you’re a professional innovator or someone driving innovation to grow your business, chances are you need more support to get projects delivered to market. Question: Does your innovation business model catalyze your goals or crush them? When You Have To Deliver, You Learn To Deliver In 1999, Jim Collins wrote a brilliant piece in the Harvard Business Review, “Turning ...

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Innovation Internships

Business schools and companies need to create more internships dedicated to innovation. Most MBA internships continue to focus on traditional core functions like marketing, finance, and strategy. A few schools have innovation internships, but they focus on the technical and design points-of-view. The mainstream, non-technical B-School programs are missing an opportunity. Innovation internships are a great way to infuse an ...

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Strategic Creativity Isn't Expensive

Many conversations recently have addressed the misperception that creativity, by definition, takes time, money, and effort that can’t be afforded right now because of the economy. A couple of examples: Someone showed me a meeting announcement for an “ideation” session to which they’d been invited. It referenced the range of ideas under consideration as “creative and practical and everything in ...

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