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?” There is little question that small, entrepreneurial start-ups are almost always the ones that bring to market highly disruptive innovations.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.” In the end, this is the essence of strategy and innovation.
innovation in perpetual beta
JANUARY 1, 2017
” Borgatti goes on to show that radical innovation only comes from networks with large structural holes, which are more diverse.
Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”
MARCH 24, 2015
Since these systems are inherently unpredictable, there is no one model that can accurately tell us about the future. where he wrote: .
Two separate systems?
MAY 10, 2016
I frequently say that L&D needs to move from just ensuring optimal execution to also supporting continual innovation.
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
More specifically, they needed to learn how to approach problems from many perspectives and to combine various approaches to find innovative solutions.”. Designers make disruptive innovations manageable and approachable, so that they can be embraced and assimilated into life. They generally involve a relatively linear set of steps.
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems.
The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge
AUGUST 24, 2015
In the face of this accelerating pace of change, our educational system is not keeping up, so we have a growing imbalance between the output of our educational system and the jobs that are available. Re-framing innovation. If we’re going to address the challenges ahead, we need to re-frame what we mean by innovation.
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.
First structure the work system
MARCH 6, 2013
On the other hand, innovation needs loose ties and a wide network to get diverse points of view. Working Together. Complexity (Cynefin). Tribal.
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. .
Learning and Performance Support Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 4, 2013
Expansion internationally is difficult without a clear innovation advantage.
Market-facing Innovation Labs
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
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. Now, the corporate research lab is getting re-invented as a kind of market-facing innovation lab. Not necessarily.”.
JUNE 1, 2012
“A System is a set of variables sufficiently isolated to stay constant long enough for us to discuss it. ~ W. things do.”
White House: Innovation in Higher Education
AUGUST 3, 2015
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.
Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics
DECEMBER 7, 2012
What are some of these limitations? In thinking about this question over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems. Let me explain. .
The 2016 MIT Inclusive Innovation Awards
DECEMBER 26, 2016
Let me close by explaining why I feel particularly proud to be associated with the Inclusive Innovation Competition. Examples abound.
Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications
OCTOBER 23, 2013
In the first week of October I participated in a Cognitive Systems Colloquium hosted by IBM at its Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
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
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.
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?
How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?
APRIL 7, 2015
Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. Cyberattacks.
Not all innovation is disruptive
JULY 14, 2014
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.
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.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
DECEMBER 8, 2015
What’s disruptive innovation all about? Some disruptive innovations succeed; some don’t. Uber is a case in point.
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.
Only open systems are effective for knowledge sharing
MARCH 27, 2013
Only an open system can ensure this, which is why I highlighted the knowledge sharing paradox. Seth Godin explains it with this graphic.
Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation
JANUARY 19, 2012
These questions are the subject of MIT Professor Michael Cusumano’s recent book Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World. Professor Cusumano offers six such enduring principles for managing strategy and innovation: Platforms , not just Products. Capabilities , not just Strategy.
Enabling Innovation – Book
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Simple systems are easily knowable, whereas complicated systems, while not not simple, are still knowable through analysis. Abstract.
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. The only way to satisfy their special needs is for them to do their own innovation and solve their own problems.
Innovation is not a repeatable process
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Can innovation be promoted through better processes? This is how we create a culture of innovation. Innovation PKM
Big-Bang Disruptions: The Innovator’s Dilemma in the Digital Economy
MARCH 12, 2014
The article was written by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes and published in the March, 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review. It was later expanded into a book, Big Bang Theory: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation published this past January. . Nearly everything you think you know about strategy and innovation is wrong,” they note.
Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study
MAY 16, 2012
Digital technologies are enabling us to develop systems with huge numbers of interconnected components and sophisticated software that infuses them with seemingly unlimited capabilities. But, we have much to learn on how to best design and operate these systems. Let me discuss a few. . Sussman calls this evaluative complexity.
Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management
MAY 2, 2012
Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets. Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems. it's not true.
Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation
MAY 23, 2012
Earlier this year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published a very good report - The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation. Although cloud is widely recognized as a technology game changer, its potential for driving business innovation remains virtually untapped. This will take decades to fully play out.
A Neural, Digital System for the Economy
DECEMBER 9, 2011
Brian Arthur , - The Second Economy. Dr. Arthur is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and visiting researcher at PARC’s Intelligent Systems Lab. This second, digital economy is essentially acting as the neural system for the overall economy. Now it is developing a neural system. What does this mean?
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. Who willimplement this system? For whom and why must we innovate.
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.
Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?
JANUARY 23, 2013
The Economist takes a close look at the evidence that the world might have entered an innovation plateau, including recent productivity statistics.