How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Looking back upon my long career , it’s frankly sobering how many once powerful IT companies are no longer around or are shadows of their former selves, e,g, Digital , Wang , Sun Microsystems , BlackBerry. Leaders fail to recognize the new reality and accept it for what it is.

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How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Surveys with thousands of executives, showed that most firms are only using AI in ad hoc pilots or applying it to a single business process. At the highest level, it’s a reflection of a failure to rewire the organization. From siloed work to interdisciplinary collaboration.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“As consumers, we take digital technologies for granted… We don’t wonder why these things are possible; we simply expect them,” said Designed for Digital a recently published book by Jeanne Ross , Cynthia Beath , and Martin Mocker in its Preface.

Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

You won’t be able to get away from that idea. We are focusing a lot on faculty and rethinking the attributes faculty will need in order to be successful in the future: teaching for learning, curating, etc. These are defined by a set of ‘5R’ permissions that allow you to reuse them.

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. How to Start.

The Puzzling Economic Impact of Transformative Technologies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As we’ve learned over the past two centuries, there’s generally been a significant time lag between the broad acceptance of a major new transformative technology and its ensuing impact on companies, governments and other institutions.

questioning technology

Harold Jarche

The innovation that will save human work will be new business and operating models. Common wisdom is that we need to divide the owners of financial capital from the creators of knowledge capital. ” “When agrarian societies started to develop, hierarchies started to develop too.

Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Kerr in this recent post , about how research in educational technology could be improved, but I have disagreements around the edges, enough that I think more discussion is warranted. I'll return to the subject of systematic reviews at the end of this post.

PBS: How to fix America? First, diagnose the problem right.

Steve Denning

Start with the heart » December 21, 2010 PBS: How to fix America? PBS has an interesting site entitled “ How to Fix America ” The introduction reads: “Not to overstate the obvious, but America is having a pretty tough go of it these days.

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Serverless Computing - An Innovative Approach to Software Development

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the lead article , technology editor Ludwig Siegele defined cloud computing by first giving a very succinct history of computing: “In the beginning computers were human. But more importantly, it is turning into what has come to be called a ‘cloud’, or collections of clouds.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , According to Arthur, the digital revolution has morphed through three distinct eras over the past several decades. Suddenly, the advent of the printing press made it possible to externalize all that information.

How to support informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

His calling is to help business people improve their performance on the job and satisfaction in life. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix three decades ago. Interview.

The 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2016, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). Approximately 1,500 organizations registered to compete this year, and 500 judges reviewed their applications. . Technology Access.

Disruptive Innovation

Clark Quinn

I recently came across a document (PDF) about disruptive innovation based upon Clayton Christensen’s models, which I’d heard about but hadn’t really penetrated. This one was presented around higher education innovation (a topic I’ve some familiarity with ;), so it provided a good basis for me to explore the story. The model’s premise is that disruption requires two major things: a technology enabler and a business model innovation.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? How to create smarter working groups.

It's All About the Business Model, - Not the Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In Reinvent Your Business Model , his recently published book, Mark Johnson argues that digital transformation and business model innovation are not the same thing. New technology alone, - no matter how transformative, - is not enough to propel a business into the future.

How to deliver innovation overnight | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Subscribe To Blog Via RSS. Technology (7). How to deliver innovation overnight One of the ideas in Drive that has spread the fastest and the widest is the FedEx Day. So maybe it’s time to ask yourself not, “Should I try something like this?”

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. But, how are these transformations playing out industry by industry? I now want to turn my attention to ICT and the Future of Media. .

The “Recombinant” Nature of Digital Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Killer-app is the name we give to those IT applications that turn out to be unexpectedly useful and help propel the success of a new product or service in the marketplace. Such lab-based breakthroughs are at one end of the innovation spectrum. How did he do it?

Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

John Hagel

Everyone talks about transformation these days, but the term is used so loosely that it’s begun to lose all meaning. That’s a useful metaphor, but many have asked me to make it more tangible in the world of institutions. It’s Martin Luther King Day in the US and I can’t think of a better day to declare that I have a dream and to explore that dream in a blog post. I would prefer to call this diversification rather than transformation.

How to replace top-down training with collaborative learning (1)

Jay Cross

In the pursuit of trying to ?x Companies paid them to follow instructions and do the same thing over and over again. Companies rely on them to solve problems, delight customers, and stay ahead of the game. rst century employees have to do complex, unpredictable work.

How To Use Microsoft Technology To Supercharge Your Fundraising

Beth Kanter

SOS Children’s Villages International uses cloud technology to help fundraise for children in need. Note From Beth: I am thrilled to host this guest post from Microsoft Philanthropies General Manager that showcases examples of digital transformation and fundraising.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, cloud has not the easiest concept to grasp. Cloud has continued to evolve and advance over the ensuing years. 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.

How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (3)

Jay Cross

Technological infrastructure for social learning. The primary thing to bear in mind, says MIT’s Andy McAfee (McAfee), is INATT. It’s short for “It’s Not About The Technology.” But you can’t do without the technology either. Where did that innovation come from?

A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After a while, most of them quietly return to their academic roots or disappear altogether, and the public moves on to the next popular buzzword. Few business concepts have been as long and widely used as disruptive innovation. I looked forward to the article.

Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It

Jay Cross

Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It. They were all eclipsed by new technologies. Traditional training departments cannot build courses fast enough to keep up with the speed of change. Person-to-person instruction is no longer cost-effective. Know how.

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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. You say “We are not allowing our employees to be engaged… we are not enabling ‘workplace actualization.” To learn is to collaborate.

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. They listen to their best customers.

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As technologies and markets changed, most such labs declined in importance over the next twenty years. 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. Needless to say, the dumb marketers and product engineers were usually unimpressed when we lectured them about our brilliant ideas.

Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. 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. Startups are generally organized around one central innovation.

How to Replace Top-down Training with Collaborative Learning (2)

Jay Cross

Who’s going to be involved? Learning by experienced employees was left to chance. ciency by 20 percent and next to nothing hits the bottom line. On the other hand, many former employees remain loyal to their ?rms, exibility and spark innovation.

How to Get the Most out of a Conference

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the case for an entry that came out today, How to Get the Most out of the Conference. So I am left to speculate about what could have been. I once started a post, How to Attend a Conference. So I know something about how to attend a conference.

Solow Paradox 2.0: The Lagging Impact of Technology Advances on Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the coming decades, the labor force is expected to shrink in most parts of the world as fertility rates continue to decline, especially in advanced and emerging economies. According to McKinsey, this sharp decline in productivity growth, - from 2.4%

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past twenty years I have been involved in a number of initiatives dealing with disruptive innovations. You don’t really know how quickly the new innovations will be adopted in the marketplace. How will your industry change over time? How quickly should you move?

How to Restore the American Dream

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Fareed Zakaria recently published a very good cover story in Time Magazine - How to Restore the American Dream - which was also the basis for a special edition of his CNN program Fareed Zakaria GPS. The basic premise of the Time article and CNN special is that while the forces of technology and globalization helped lead America to the forefront of the world stage, they are now hollowing out America’s middles class. One is technology-based productivity.

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How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (4)

Jay Cross

How ready are you to tackle Big L Learning? Where does your organization fit on the progression from Hierarchical Organization to Collaborative Organization? Our people are learning and growing fast enough to keep up with the future. ? Bottom-up innovation.

technology, change, and us

Harold Jarche

Innovation vs. (social) copying [without innovators to copy, none of us can learn socially]. The conceit of education is that the answer to bad schooling is always more schooling … When education is seen as a cure and cognitive deficiency a disease, we need to worry.

The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge

John Hagel

While unemployment rates in certain parts of the world appear to be slowly improving, unemployment in many other parts of the world remain stubbornly high and, in some cases, are even increasing. As we mobilize to address this issue, we need to avoid the temptation to rush too quickly into developing solutions until we’ve clearly understood and framed the problem. And for the jobs that remain, the skills required to perform these jobs are rapidly evolving.

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. This is his third book on open innovation in the last eight years, having published Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology in 2003, and Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape in 2006.

The growing appetite for learning how to crowdsource

Ross Dawson

As awareness of crowdsourcing increases, there is a rapidly increasing appetite for learning how to do it well. It was a sell-out audience, and the question session following our presentations showed a strong eagerness to learn about how to use crowdsourcing effectively.

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Innovation in Higher Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just about every such study points to a similar trend : for the foreseeable future, the US economy will need better educated workers with specific skill requirements. Those with higher educational attainments will be in the best position to obtain good jobs with good pay. Thus, we need to significantly increase the number of students receiving post-secondary education. According to Christensen et al, traditional colleges and universities combine three distinct objectives.

The Dark Side of Technology

John Hagel

I’m going to disrupt the Silicon Valley script.   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.    I want to explore the dark side of these technologies

Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of January I gave a half-day seminar at MIT on Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy. For a while now, I have been thinking about how technology and innovation can best be applied to services. It is a subject I come back to repeatedly in this blog. My interest started several years ago, when we launched a number of efforts in IBM to help create a research and academic discipline around services.