the innovation imperative
APRIL 25, 2017
“It turns out that to develop a ‘cumulative culture’ – technology that constantly ratchets up in complexity and diversity – a species needs to be able to share information very accurately. If not, we will cease to progress, because innovation is a network activity.
FEBRUARY 16, 2014
” In addition, information services, and IT security need to be consulted. More Catalysts in the enterprise may also significantly improve innovation because innovation is inextricably linked to both networks and learning. Innovation PKM
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
The recent New Yorker article, - The Disruption Machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong , - by Harvard history professor Jill Lepore , has led to a flurry of opinions on disruptive innovation. The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”
Open Innovation 2.0
MARCH 27, 2017
I recently read Twelve Principles for Open Innovation 2.0 , an article published last year in Nature by Martin Curley. Let me discuss each of these phases of innovation. Closed Innovation. Innovation was increasingly occurring in the marketplace, no just in their labs.
gaining insight through social and informal learning
MARCH 5, 2017
The results of this ‘experiment’ were striking: 91 per cent of the Six Sigma companies failed to keep up with the S&P 500 because Six Sigma got in the way of innovation. These five triggers can be enhanced through informal and social learning.
The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge
AUGUST 24, 2015
For example, there are many jobs out there that go unfilled, even though there are people who have the ability to do the work, simply because of information imperfections. Re-framing innovation. Many people have put their faith on innovation as a way to resolve the unemployment challenges that we face. If we’re going to address the challenges ahead, we need to re-frame what we mean by innovation.
Learn Informal Learning Informally
JUNE 13, 2012
Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. By the close of the workshop, you will be able to… understand what informal learning is, how it works, why it’s important. Informal Learning Just Jay
Waxing Lyrical On Leadership, Engagement, Purpose & Innovation
MARCH 26, 2015
The fine folks at Learnnovators conducted an interview with me recently, where I spouted off on aspects of leadership, engagement, purpose and innovation. They possess the requirement to define what it means to have a formal, informal and social learning model. To grow is to innovate.
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. DALMOOC has been designed to model a distributed information structure. Learning is a coherence forming process and knowledge is a state of connecting information pieces.
The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation
JUNE 25, 2014
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.
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Informal learning is effective because it is personal.
The Blockchain and Open Innovation
JANUARY 12, 2016
Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. And, the World Wide Web was first developed by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in the late 1980s to facilitate the sharing of information among researchers around the world.
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. Innovation is the following through part. Innovation
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
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.
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. In the postwar years, ATT’s Bell Labs was one of the top research labs in the world, having developed a number of revolutionary technologies, such as the transistor , the laser , information theory , UNIX and C.
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?” The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute. As a result, there are reasons to believe that scale may be a plus for innovation in today’s economy, not a minus.”
PKM and innovation
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit: Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. The Seek-Sense-Share framework aligns with these innovation skills.
The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation
AUGUST 8, 2011
This is evident in the California Management Review paper I co-authored on Managing Collaboration: Improving Team Effectiveness through a Network Perspective , in which we examined how to improve performance in sales, innovation, and execution.
Innovation is not a repeatable process
OCTOBER 23, 2012
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.
Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies
AUGUST 2, 2012
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.
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. He was a Senator then, a position he held from March of 2002 until his appointment to president of the Innovation Council.
The Innovator's Cookbook
Steven Berlin Johnson
OCTOBER 4, 2011
This is certainly the case with the question of innovation, the subject matter of my last book, Where Good Ideas Come From , which comes out in paperback this week. Appropriately enough, the book has an innovative cover design, with type treatment created with a 3D Makerbot printer.
The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition
MARCH 14, 2016
As i ts website explains: “While digital technologies are rapidly transforming both business practices and societies and are integral to the innovation-driven economies of the future, they are also the core driver of the great economic paradox of our time.
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. Call it the rise of the ordinary innovators. Such major lab-based disruptive technologies are at one end of the innovation spectrum.
6 key elements in effective innovation governance
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Earlier this week I ran a two-day workshop in Bali for the Malaysian Directors Academy on The Innovation Zone: Unleashing The Mindset. Innovation and transformation at the board level is by far the dominant theme of my work at the moment. Future of business Innovation Uncategorized
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. In fact, steady growth and profitability are likely to encourage firms to become more bureaucratic and less attentive to detail and innovation as they transition to managing a large number of people, more complex products and services, and a bigger scale of operations.
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. I believe that developing and communicating the storyline behind a disruptive innovation requires the close involvement of those who best understand and care about the new initiative and offerings.
Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
This semester I am teaching the innovation half of a course on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NYU’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). The bulk of the innovations in the industrial economy involved physical objects, physical systems and the physical world around us.
Innovators, imitators and idiots
MAY 3, 2013
Friday’s Finds: “first come the innovators, then the imitators, then the idiots … you can set your watch to it.” ” – @littleidea. “Sad. So many education questions now start with, “Do you know any apps for … ?”
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. Recent technology and social connectivity trends have created a perfect storm of opportunity for companies to embrace the power of cloud to optimize, innovate and disrupt business models,” is the study’s overriding conclusion. . I could not agree more that the potential for game changing business innovation is the true power of the cloud.
Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges
AUGUST 21, 2013
I was asked to talk about the organizational challenges that companies generally face when embracing disruptive innovations like those being developed by ID3. Managing a Disruptive Innovation Initiative. There are many reasons why disruptive innovations fail in large companies.
Reconciling Formal and Informal
MAY 24, 2012
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about informal learning, which ends up sounding like formal learning, and this can be confusing. Now, let’s move on to informal learning, as this is where, to me, we have a conflict.
Big-Bang Disruptions: The Innovator’s Dilemma in the Digital Economy
MARCH 12, 2014
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.”.
The key to informal learning is autonomy
APRIL 27, 2012
He writes: “I thought I had made a sound business case for investing more in informal learning, but few organizations changed their ways. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist. With informal learning, it is you, the individual, who are in control.
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. Over time, these same disruptive innovations rejuvenated the economy, and led to the creation of new industries and jobs.
Innovating our way out of the industrial era
JULY 9, 2012
Bob Cringely clearly shows how this works in information technology. The only answer that makes any sense is innovation — a word that neither side uses properly, ever. The only way out of this mess is to innovate ourselves into a better future.
Value polarization and transcending job commoditization: Expertise, Relationships, Innovation
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
As more information is available, deep specialist world-class expertise that can be applied to create value for clients is the heart of much global value creation. INNOVATION. Innovation stems from connecting expertise, ideas, insights, and experience.
Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?
JANUARY 23, 2013
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?
Where innovation comes from
MARCH 15, 2011
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.
An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation
MAY 30, 2012
The Internet became an incredible platform for innovation, enabling startups, large institutions, and everyone in between to quickly develop and bring to market many new digital products and services. Its reach and connectivity led to the creation of all kinds of innovative, digital applications. It was disconcerting to have a digital revolution and new information-based economy that left out the majority of the world’s population.