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Can technology improve business innovation?

Dion Hinchcliffe

Useful innovation is one of the most meaningful outputs of human creativity. Today, technological aids are increasingly employed to improve and amplify the innovation process. Now new social methods, especially crowdsourcing, have fundamentally altered how innovation is achieved and even who does it.

Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

According to McKinsey, “fewer than 5 percent of occupations can be entirely automated using current technology.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”  In the end, this is the essence of strategy and innovation

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The technologies on the list are not new. Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Things. Autonomous Vehicles. The Blockchain.

Can technology improve business innovation?

Dion Hinchcliffe

Useful innovation is one of the most meaningful outputs of human creativity. Today, technological aids are increasingly employed to improve and amplify the innovation process. Now new social methods, especially crowdsourcing, have fundamentally altered how innovation is achieved and even who does it. Software

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 Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge

John Hagel

As a growing number of commentators have warned, the pace of automation is accelerating, driven by exponential improvements in the price/performance of digital technology. Re-framing innovation. Many people have put their faith on innovation as a way to resolve the unemployment challenges that we face.  It’s an imperative. 

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 Dark Side of Technology

John Hagel

  Every talk or article coming out of Silicon Valley follows the prescribed template: start with a dazzling description of awesome new digital technologies and then proceed to explore all the wonderful benefits and opportunities that these technologies will bring to us. I’m going to do something different.  What do I mean?

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Why then do so many corporations and institutions seem unable to effectively embrace technological advances that speed up the flow of knowledge?” .

technology, change, and us

Harold Jarche

Innovation vs. (social) copying [without innovators to copy, none of us can learn socially]. call these Friday’s Finds. Image: NPR.

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C.

Waxing Lyrical On Leadership, Engagement, Purpose & Innovation

Dan Pontefract

But, I am a huge fan of collaborative technologies and platforms. How significant, according to you, is innovation for businesses to succeed?

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This generality has enabled the Internet to become one of , if not, the most prolific innovation platforms the world has ever seen.  Period.

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.

A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Few business concepts have been as long and widely used as disruptive innovation.  Several people have weighed in on Lepore’s article. 

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.

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.

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?

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

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. .

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Corporate labs reached their peak in the 1960s and 1970s.  As technologies and markets changed, most such labs declined in importance over the next twenty years.  Their job was to push the frontiers of knowledge by conducting both basic and applied research, which would hopefully, over time, lead to new commercial technologies and products.

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. Social embeddedness Social has become an abused term.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Insights into the levers of innovation in 40 major cities globally

Ross Dawson

There is much that city governments can do to drive innovation; this report provides an excellent framework and analysis to support those initiatives.

NEW NSF REPORT: New Technology-based Models for Postsecondary Learning

Ellen Wagner

Diffusion of Innovation Education Higher Education Innovation Learning News Research Technology Trends In January 2013 I participated in a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation to help establish a 10 year vision to reconceptualize postsecondary learning.

Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

Workers in agile workplaces must be passionate, adaptive, innovative, and collaborative. Abstract. list price for this book. Walsh [B.C.’s

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them.  Permanent competitive advantage probably does not even exist - that is, across generations of technologies and customers. 

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

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop was sponsored by UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). 

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. Transmedia reminds us that above all, content trumps technology.  This is not without risk. 

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. 

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. Using technology to find more (vs. the Macbook, Android - web-based applications, eg. Are remote labs effective? Which 6?"

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are not only giving rise to more distributed and inclusive models, but are also enabling alternative unilateral-like models. 

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?