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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.

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?” There is little question that small, entrepreneurial start-ups are almost always the ones that bring to market highly disruptive innovations

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? want every knowledge worker to discover his or her own processes.

Complex knowledge

Harold Jarche

It is a very inexact process. To really share complex knowledge takes a willingness to listen as well as the time and space to do so.

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

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

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.

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.

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.  They generally involve a relatively linear set of steps. 

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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.

hold space for complex problems

Harold Jarche

Globalisation (think continued bubbles and crashes, a regional underclass, the world becoming urban, frugal innovation). Complexity Democracy

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. Complexity: the new normal. Social learning.

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. .

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation?

Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

The classic project management alone is less and less able to manage complex, uncertain, knowledge-based processes. Abstract. Walsh [B.C.’s

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.

Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.  Its lead article defined  the term as: “somebody who offers an innovative solution to a (frequently unrecognised) problem.  This makes some sense. 

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. 

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. 

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.

Innovating our way out of the industrial era

Harold Jarche

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.

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?

Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter

Harold Jarche

In this type of workspace, the new tools and processes are put into service much faster. Seek out diversity in innovation efforts. 2.

Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.  .

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. 

Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Economist  takes a close look  at the evidence that the world might have entered an innovation plateau, including recent productivity statistics. 

Innovation in Higher Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. 

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about? This blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend.

The “Recombinant” Nature of Digital Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many such market-facing innovations are recombinant in nature. Westport Parking Recombinant innovation is all around us in the digital economy. 

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels.  And, one of the key lessons we all hopefully learned from the dot-com era is that complex, global initiatives take time.  It is very nice to be motivated by lofty aspirations, but in the end, it is all about marketplace execution.

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Together, these advances are giving rise to an Internet-based platform for digital, inclusive innovations. Inclusive innovation is a relatively new concept.  It aims to develop of products and services that just about everyone can afford, even those in the bottom of the pyramid , that is, the poorer socio-economic groups around the world. 

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.

Open Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.  For over ten years now, I have been thinking about the application of technology and innovation to services.  from others’ innovation activities as well.”. They ?rst

Is the Link Now Broken Between Innovation, Jobs and a Higher Standard of Living?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are we now in an economy in which technology and innovation do not necessarily lead to a higher standard of living and quality of life?

A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

Where innovation comes from

Jay Cross

In sum, they innovate. Steven Johnson has written a book that looks at innovation from all angles. Innovation = working smarter.