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Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I gave a seminar at an executive management class for a large, global company.  Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies.  It is different with large companies

networks are the new companies

Harold Jarche

Nilofer Merchant wrote in The New How that, “Permission to innovate without asking happens when the strategy is co-owned.” ” -  Wikipedia.

Companies and Movements

John Hagel

Movements and companies – what’s the intersection between these two? Sure, there are movements against companies – we all can name dozens of boycotts against specific companies for a variety of reasons, ranging from unfair labor practices to the politics of the countries they’re from. public companies since 1965). 

Innovation catalysts

Harold Jarche

pragmatic approach for some companies would be to support workers who are already practicing some aspect of PKM. Innovation PKM

The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

Ross Dawson

I have just finished running a two-day program in Phuket for the Malaysian Directors Academy on The Innovation Zone: Unleashing the Mindset.

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

West and his SFI colleagues then went on to explore another social organization - the firm.   How come cities live forever, while companies do not?

My Latest TEDxTalk “How Schools Can Save Companies From Collapsing”

Dan Pontefract

The Future of Education – Innovation & Inspiration. They are truly both innovators and inspiring. Their theme in 2016?

Innovation is a network activity

Harold Jarche

In business, attention is paid to innovative individuals, especially those who go on to become captains of industry. Innovation

innovation means learning at work

Harold Jarche

“So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. Innovation is continuous.

The Science of Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Released earlier this month, the report was developed by the MIT Innovation Initiative , launched a year ago by MIT President Rafael Reif.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. Once in the marketplace, they seem to acquire a life of their own.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s disruptive innovation all about? Some disruptive innovations succeed; some don’t. Uber is a case in point.

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

And most importantly, what can we do to liberate every company from them? . that would be the one on Employee Engagement. huge one , actually !

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. It’s their job.

6 key elements in effective innovation governance

Ross Dawson

In a more specific way, innovation governance is critical to enable any innovation initiatives. Below I will provide some brief notes.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation. Cloud-based innovation is a major part of that evolution.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article argues that we should apply design thinking to the launch of the disruptive innovation itself - a process they call intervention design. .

Not all innovation is disruptive

Harold Jarche

Given all the talk about disruptive innovation lately, I thought I’d dust off several posts I have written on the subject and update them.

Innovation as a Journey into the Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. 

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, they are being reincarnated in our 21st century information economy as market-facing innovation labs, with significantly different and broader scopes than those of the original industrial economy research labs. Most of these labs were established by large, successful industrial companies in the years after World War II. 

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years:  “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” Entrepreneurs have sharp incentives to break into a market with a disruptive new idea that attacks the dominance of established companies

Innovation is about making connections

Harold Jarche

Companies have to foster richer and deeper connections which can only be built over time through meaningful conversations. Tweet.

“Never get sucked into the ‘company knows best’ approach to your career”

Jane Hart

Always remember that YOU are in charge of your career  Never get sucked into the “company knows best” approach to your career.” And watch your company take off.” The quote in the title of this blog post comes from my favourite post in April 2016,  When it comes to career. Here’s a longer quote from that article.

The “Recombinant” Nature of Digital Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies were thus able to engage in their core transactional activities in a much more productive and efficient way.  industrial research lab. 

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Managing a Disruptive Innovation Initiative. There are many reasons why disruptive innovations fail in large companies

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? This is how we create a culture of innovation. Innovation PKM

Transmedia Storytelling and Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Marketing and communications are essential when introducing a disruptive innovation in the marketplace, given the need to explain what the new initiative is all about to key constituencies including clients, analysts and reporters. The only way to satisfy their special needs is for them to do their own innovation and solve their own problems. 

Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

If companies want to remain competitive in the global market, they need to focus on complex and creative work. Abstract. It destroys creativity.

A Conversation on Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: the negative side of innovation, there's a prettyconsistent assessment of innovation & technology, a pretty consistentstatement, by the youth in the occupy movement. If we go one step beyond innovation, we have actuallyreached a cusp in the west. Does the general population support innovation? Who are they?

Power Shift – People Running Companies by Apple?

Luis Suarez

The balance of power from companies running people to, hopefully, people running companies ” [Emphasis mine]. Really? Almost.

Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the Square technology is very cool indeed, Davidoff’s key point is the ordinary nature of the innovation in question. The deal not only has the potential to change the way people pay for coffee and everything else, it also shows how small innovation applied to everyday tasks may be the next new thing for venture capital.

Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Disruptive innovations, - like the power looms allegedly smashed by protesting Luddites, - have been displacing human labor for the past two centuries. 

Let’s Stop Kidding Ourselves and Start Innovating in Education

Andy McAfee

America has the best-managed companies and most vibrant startup scene, but this is largely despite our educational system, not because of it.

Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation

Ross Dawson

Last Friday, after delivering the breakfast keynote at CPA Congress in Brisbane (more on that in another post), I ran a half-day workshop at the partner offsite of a national accounting firm network on the theme of Disruption and Innovation in Professional Services. Continuous innovation. Continuous Innovation. Global sourcing.

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Through the years, I have been intrigued by the number of once powerful companies that are no longer around.  Companies that are unable or unwilling to adapt to the changes in such a Darwinian climate will become marginalized or extinct. What works for one company may not work for another with a very different organizational culture. 

Innovation in Education: Companies outside of USA?

George Siemens

Innovation in education is getting attention globally. The epicentre of edtech innovation is the USA. New and innovative teaching models through the use of technology are a global focus. What are the most innovative companies that you’ve come across that are NOT US-based But what’s happening globally?

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past twenty years I have been involved in a number of initiatives dealing with disruptive innovations.  How quickly should you move? 

Keynote slides: Crowds and the future of creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

Earlier this month I gave the opening keynote at Crowdsourcing Week on Connecting the Crowd: The Future of Creativity and Innovation. Humanity.

APIs are enabling an unprecedented flow of innovation

Ross Dawson

Below are the slides for my keynote on The Flow of Innovation. APIDays Keynote: The Flow of Innovation from Ross Dawson. Business innovation can be applied across five domains: product or service, marketing, process, organization , and business model. In a capitalist world, shareholders own the legal entity called the company.

User-Led Innovation Can’t Create Breakthroughs

Steve Denning

The mythology is that “the user is king… Companies must become user-centric. But there’s a problem: It doesn’t work. On the contrary.