Can technology improve business innovation?
NOVEMBER 30, 2013
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.
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.
Automation Technologies and the Future of Work
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
According to McKinsey, “fewer than 5 percent of occupations can be entirely automated using current technology.
Can technology improve business innovation?
NOVEMBER 30, 2013
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
Technology, Marketing and Storytelling
FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Digital technologies are now expanding the scope of storytelling. . Technology can help, but it’s far from sufficient.
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.
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.
The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge
AUGUST 24, 2015
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 Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
That’s because blockchain is not a disruptive technology, whose impact, once in the marketplace, is often quite rapid.
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.
The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions
DECEMBER 11, 2013
Why then do so many corporations and institutions seem unable to effectively embrace technological advances that speed up the flow of knowledge?” .
The Dark Side of Technology
DECEMBER 4, 2013
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?
Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?
MAY 17, 2016
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C.
technology, change, and us
MAY 22, 2015
Innovation vs. (social) copying [without innovators to copy, none of us can learn socially]. call these Friday’s Finds. Image: NPR.
Waxing Lyrical On Leadership, Engagement, Purpose & Innovation
MARCH 26, 2015
But, I am a huge fan of collaborative technologies and platforms. How significant, according to you, is innovation for businesses to succeed?
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.
A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?
JULY 2, 2014
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
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.
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.
Market-facing Innovation Labs
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
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.
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. .
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
This generality has enabled the Internet to become one of , if not, the most prolific innovation platforms the world has ever seen. Period.
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. Social embeddedness Social has become an abused term.
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?
6 key elements in effective innovation governance
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
In a more specific way, innovation governance is critical to enable any innovation initiatives. Below I will provide some brief notes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enabling Innovation – Book
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
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
JANUARY 19, 2012
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
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Can innovation be promoted through better processes? This is how we create a culture of innovation. Innovation PKM
Insights into the levers of innovation in 40 major cities globally
JULY 12, 2015
There is much that city governments can do to drive innovation; this report provides an excellent framework and analysis to support those initiatives.
Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future
MARCH 13, 2013
The workshop was sponsored by UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI).
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. Transmedia reminds us that above all, content trumps technology. This is not without risk.
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.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
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?"