The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the past few years, the necessary ingredients have finally come together to propel AI beyond early adopters to a broader marketplace: powerful, inexpensive computer technologies; advanced algorithms; and huge amounts of data on almost any subject. AI is seemingly everywhere.

The Current State of Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In January, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published Open Innovation Results : Going Beyond the Hype and Getting Down to Business, his fourth book on innovation in the last two decades. He’s credited with coining the term open innovation in his 2003 book of the same title.

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How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Only 8% of firms are engaged in practices that support widespread adoption. To support the widespread adoption of AI, companies must make three fundamental shifts. Beyond the relatively small number of early adopters, AI is still in the experimental stage.

What is innovation?

Harold Jarche

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people. Innovation today is people making connections. An Innovation Process?

What’s Needed First? Culture Change or Enterprise 2.0 Adoption

Dan Pontefract

Do we first require an organizational culture adaptation prior to any meaningful Enterprise 2.0 adoption? tools need to become so simplistic, easy to use and of course generally available to an organization before a culture can be considered connected, flat and more collaborative?

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Foundation index, measures the fast moving advances in technology performance and adoption, as well as the shifts of global public policy that are reducing the barriers to entry and movement. This discrepancy in technology adoption has been observed for the past few years.

Innovation and National Security in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Task Force noted that leadership in innovation, research and technology since World War II has made the US the most secure and economically prosperous nation on earth. A major new wave of innovation is characterized by speed, disruption, and scale.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry. It’s too early to know if the blockchain will become another major transformational innovation.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

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? I was really impressed with their innovative ideas, courage and determination as they addressed some of society’s toughest problems.

The Impact of AI on R&D and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Beyond innovations in existing sectors, the rapidly improving price/performance of GPTs have led over time to the creation of whole new applications and industries.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I find it helpful to look at cloud along two key dimensions: as a technology to improve IT productivity, and as a platform for enabling business innovation. Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With four articles on the subject, HBR ’s overriding message is that design is no longer just for physical products, being increasingly applied to customer experiences, innovation, business strategy, and complex problem solving. .

The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The concept of disruptive technologies, as defined by Clayton Christensen 20 years ago, has become widely accepted as a way of thinking about innovation-driven growth, but it’s been often misunderstood and misapplied.

Waxing Lyrical On Leadership, Engagement, Purpose & Innovation

Dan Pontefract

The fine folks at Learnnovators conducted an interview with me recently, where I spouted off on aspects of leadership, engagement, purpose and innovation. Wikis, blogs, microblogging, video-sharing are all very important aspects of an organization’s culture. To grow is to innovate.

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was asked to talk about the organizational challenges that companies generally face when embracing disruptive innovations like those being developed by ID3. It gave us both a marketplace-based mission and a new ground for our own behaviors and operating practices - in other words, culture.

Organizational Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Almost seventy years ago, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter popularized the term creative destruction to describe the process of transformation that accompanies disruptive innovation. In Schumpeter's vision of capitalism, innovative entry by entrepreneurs was the force that sustained long-term economic growth, even as it destroyed the value of established companies that enjoyed some degree of monopoly power.

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. Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen is one of the world's foremost experts in strategy and innovation. In his seminal book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , Professor Christensen articulated his theory of disruptive innovation.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

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? To help come up with breakthrough, real-world answers to these tough questions, IDE launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) last year. We created the Inclusive Innovation Challenge to recognize and reward the many amazing people and organizations that are working to accomplish this mission.”

The Impact of AI on R&D and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past couple of centuries, general-purpose technologies (GPTs) have been the key drivers of productivity and economic growth, - thanks to their rapid improvements in price and performance, pervasive applications, and ability to spur complementary innovations across a wide variety of industries. Beyond innovations in existing sectors, the rapidly improving price/performance of GPTs have led over time to the creation of whole new applications and industries.

Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article takes a look at what it calls innovation pessimism , - the notion that we are in a long-term period of slow innovation and growth despite our rapidly advancing technologies and hyperconnected economies. Has the ideas machine broken down?

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

Tell me, would you describe your culture as one that is open or closed? Do you and your employees operate in a culture of fear or is it a relatively harmonious and engaged environment? Is innovation and ideation a shared experience or left to a few?

The Management of Disruptive Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The management of disruptive innovations is very different when looking at relatively simple or self-contained technologies, products or services versus highly complex platforms and infrastructures. A lot of the hype you often hear when new innovations come about is the result of people not properly understanding the different dynamics that apply to simple versus highly complex innovations. The dot-com era was famous for its many innovations, but also for its hype.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

In the corporate world where deadlines are rampant, constant innovation is indispensable, workloads are mounting, and financial pressures are omnipresent, it’s no wonder the employees of many organisations feel as though they are disconnected from one another.

Big-Bang Disruptions: The Innovator’s Dilemma in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was later expanded into a book, Big Bang Theory: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation published this past January. . The authors’ key premise is that innovation is once more undergoing drastic changes, driven by the exponential advances in digital technologies. They upend the conventional thinking on strategy, marketing and innovation, giving rise to a new set of business rules. They don’t create dilemmas for innovators; they trigger disasters.”.

A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These new ventures continue to attract more and more financial capital from investors, which in turn helps improve the quality and lowers the cost of the new disruptive technology and leads to many new innovative applications. But inevitably, the investments in new companies and applications turns into unsustainable speculation, leading to a financial bubble which eventually crashes. New paradigms emerge for guiding innovation and for determining winners and losers in the marketplace.

Innovation through network learning

Harold Jarche

Tweet Innovation. Tim says that innovation is the process of idea management , which makes sense to me. Andrew Hargadon expands on this: In short, innovation is about connecting, not inventing. Innovation is inextricably linked to both networks and learning.

Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

In a word, it’s all about “ culture.” Their collaborative mindset is infectious, one that encourages everyone to scale the culture. It’s an act of recognition, but it’s the opportunity for all Zappos employees to scale the culture.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

In the corporate world where deadlines are rampant, constant innovation is indispensable, workloads are mounting, and financial pressures are omnipresent, it’s no wonder the employees of many organisations feel as though they are disconnected from one another.

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. This is how we create a culture of innovation.

Innovation in an Age of Austerity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 7 I participated in an Innovation Summit sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) at the University of Cambridge. The UK-IRC is “a collaborative initiative for cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange activities on how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet the social, environmental and economic challenges it faces.”

Where innovation comes from

Jay Cross

In sum, they innovate. Steven Johnson has written a book that looks at innovation from all angles. He explains what nurtures innovation. Innovation = working smarter. Where Good Ideas Come From, The Natural History of Innovation is a book about the space of innovation.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Business, Innovation and Survival

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Part of it is to make the point of how serious it is to have an innovation culture in a company as part of its long term strategy.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Business, Innovation and Survival

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Part of it is to make the point of how serious it is to have an innovation culture in a company as part of its long term strategy.

The Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies that are slow to adopt these AI-based productivity improvements will find themselves at a serious competitive disadvantage. Developing economies will experience more modest GDP growth due to their lower AI adoption rates. Adoption time frame: near term - 41%; mid term - 59%.

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Reflections on Surviving Disruptive Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was based on the “Social Media Implications for Business” panel I moderated during my recent week as Innovator in Residence at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. The key problem for legacy media companies is thus to come up with new, innovative business models that will enable them to make money and survive as their industry continues to transition from a business model based mostly on analog dollars into one based mostly on digital dimes.

Why Some AI Efforts Succeed While Many Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A common mistake companies make is to assume that, since AI is so dependent on advanced research and technical innovations, their AI strategy should be considered primarily from a technology perspective.

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How Nonprofit Leaders Make Time for Social Media and Other Secrets to Adoption

Beth Kanter

How can nonprofit leaders help their organizations embrace experimental innovation methods and mindsets as part of implementing their integrated social media strategy? Leadership Organizational Culture

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, like other innovations, digital ID technologies can be used both to benefits society and for undesirable purposes. Identity plays a major role in our everyday life.

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Innovation in China

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to China Is Not About to Out-Innovate the U.S. Patents are a poor standard for measuring innovation, agreed. But while this article successfully refutes the point about patents (the focus of the Economist article , but which takes up less than one paragraph of the longer WSJ article ) it does not establish its main point, that China will not overtake the US in innovation. in Harvard Business School Blogs.

How to Transform a “Big, Old” Company into an Agile Digital Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, “the adoption of digital technologies in business doesn’t come as naturally,” - especially if you’re working in a big, old company. “Inserting digital technologies to enhance operations and create new value propositions has proven extremely challenging.”.

The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The next wave of digital innovation is coming. Countries can welcome it, prepare for it, and ride it to new heights of innovation and prosperity, or they can ignore the changing tide and miss the wave,” writes Robert Atkinson in The Task Ahead of Us.

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How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Or it is that, as if actors in a kind of Greek tragedy , they see the changes coming and understand what needs to be done, but are somehow unable to make the needed strategic and cultural transformations? How can you turn survival into the driving force of innovation?

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Why Innovation is Critical to Help Governments Adjust to the Realities of the 21st Century?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Aligning government with 21st century economic realities will require innovations at least as disruptive and profound as those embraced by the private sector. By harnessing major technological shifts and adopting best business practices, we can not only make our government far more productive, but also foster greater innovation in areas ranging from healthcare to education and energy – innovation that will generate economic growth and job creation.”. “We