The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation
JUNE 25, 2014
Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation. Cloud-based innovation is a major part of that evolution.
Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation
JANUARY 2, 2012
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?” After 20 years where startups have rightly dominated the innovation headlines, we will show that the pendulum may be swinging back.
Innovation is not a repeatable process
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I want every knowledge worker to discover his or her own processes.
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Last week I spent several hours each day, for four consecutive days, trying to share complex knowledge. It is a very inexact process.
Coherence in complexity
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
I have been discussing the potential of communities of practice in fostering innovation for some time here. This is not an “either or” idea.
The Science of Innovation
DECEMBER 17, 2014
Released earlier this month, the report was developed by the MIT Innovation Initiative , launched a year ago by MIT President Rafael Reif.
innovation means learning at work
MARCH 3, 2015
“So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. Innovation is continuous.
Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace
MAY 8, 2014
Complexity is the new normal. Social bonds keep us together and connections between people drive innovation. Re-wiring for complexity.
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials. CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. At B-School? This is where we enter the world of design. .
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
Foundational innovations must overcome many barriers, - technological, organizational, governance, political. ask Iansiti and Lakhani.
Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise
APRIL 20, 2011
Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. Complexity: the new normal. Jay Cross.
hold space for complex problems
APRIL 27, 2015
Globalisation (think continued bubbles and crashes, a regional underclass, the world becoming urban, frugal innovation). Complexity Democracy
The Blockchain and Open Innovation
JANUARY 12, 2016
Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. Once in the marketplace, they seem to acquire a life of their own.
Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
The article argues that we should apply design thinking to the launch of the disruptive innovation itself - a process they call intervention design. .
Enabling Innovation – Book
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
The classic project management alone is less and less able to manage complex, uncertain, knowledge-based processes. Abstract.
Social innovation labs, initial thoughts
DECEMBER 15, 2016
I will expand on that in tomorrow’s post as it is a key concept in anthropology-complexity and applies in several application areas not just this.
Innovation in open online courses
OCTOBER 7, 2014
This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. The innovations build heavily on community and network approaches that I and others (Stephen Downes, David Wiley, Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Dave Cormier) have used in previous open courses. All the fun (and deep learning) happens in that process
Innovation as a Journey into the Future
AUGUST 7, 2013
I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon.
Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies
AUGUST 2, 2012
The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. 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. Startups are generally organized around one central innovation.
The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition
MARCH 14, 2016
How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation?
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
DECEMBER 8, 2015
20 years after its introduction, Christensen has revisited his original concept in What is Disruptive Innovation? , Uber is a case in point.
Transmedia Storytelling and Collaborative Innovation
OCTOBER 10, 2012
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. This process of world-building encourages an encyclopedic impulse in both readers and writers.
Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
The bulk of the innovations in the industrial economy involved physical objects, physical systems and the physical world around us.
The Science of Complex Systems
JULY 9, 2011
When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in. It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems. Let me explain. Amazing.
A Conversation on Innovation
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 10, 2011
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?
Innovating our way out of the industrial era
JULY 9, 2012
These are complex or arcane tasks being done by unique individuals. The only way out of this mess is to innovate ourselves into a better future.
Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation
AUGUST 29, 2012
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.
Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter
JULY 1, 2011
In this type of workspace, the new tools and processes are put into service much faster. Seek out diversity in innovation efforts.
Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World
JULY 12, 2012
Twenty-thirty years ago, the business world was arguably less complex, slower moving and more predictable. This confluence between previously separate processes has been taking place across different parts of the business. They are constantly innovating in how they lead and communicate. Let me say a few words about each. .
Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?
JANUARY 23, 2013
Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon is one of the leaders of the innovation pessimism camp. Has the ideas machine broken down?
Complexity and Public Administration
AUGUST 31, 2014
So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about? This blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend.
Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy
APRIL 2, 2014
Disruptive innovations, - like the power looms allegedly smashed by protesting Luddites, - have been displacing human labor for the past two centuries.
Innovation in Higher Education
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
We need to look at higher education through the lens of disruptive innovation, argues a report published last February, - Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education. Disruptive innovations are based on two main ingredients. We need a new, disruptive model.
The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud
APRIL 6, 2012
To effectively cloud-enable their IT operations in order to support all those people, devices, information and applications, IT organizations must embrace a more standardized, process oriented, industrialized management approach. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels.
An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation
MAY 30, 2012
The Internet became an incredible platform for innovation, enabling startups, large institutions, and everyone in between to quickly develop and bring to market many new digital products and services. Its reach and connectivity led to the creation of all kinds of innovative, digital applications. There are already over 5.5
Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation
OCTOBER 20, 2015
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.
The “Recombinant” Nature of Digital Innovations
AUGUST 20, 2014
Such lab-based breakthroughs are at one end of the innovation spectrum. Many such market-facing innovations are recombinant in nature.
Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges
AUGUST 21, 2013
Managing a Disruptive Innovation Initiative. There are many reasons why disruptive innovations fail in large companies.
A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?
APRIL 23, 2011
New paradigms emerge for guiding innovation and for determining winners and losers in the marketplace. In her 2002 book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages , scholar and writer Carlota Perez brings a historical perspective to these patterns of technology-based disruptive innovations.
Open Services Innovation
DECEMBER 1, 2011
Earlier this year, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published a new book, Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era. I met him over a decade ago when I first got involved with Linux and open, collaborative innovation. He is a top expert on the value of open innovation to business.