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The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The past 10-15 years have seen a number of technology advances, from smartphones to machine learning. Yet, despite these impressive advances, for most of this period economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth. Opinions abound, but in the end, there’s no consensus on the causes of this apparent productivity paradox , on how long the slowdown will likely last, or on what to do about it.

Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We hope students will approach the simulation as though it were a client meeting, with the computer responding. Take that base scaffolding and then wrap a learning community around it, based on great teaching, great technology, and the power it provides. I see that technology today, in pockets. We could develop courses by ourselves pre-technology. So - how do we drive down the cost of content production, and how do we make sharing easier. technology standards.

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The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, some have justifiably questioned whether innovation has been going through a period of stagnation , especially when compared to major 19th and 20th century innovations like electricity, cars and airplanes. Others argue that while the nature of innovation is definitely changing as we evolve and adapt to an information-based digital economy, it’s impact is no less transformative. IT is now an integral part of the products themselves.

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). I also attended the November 8 event, and was able to personally meet most of the grand prize and regional winners. Technology Access.

Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation has been a hot topic for the past few decades. Companies all over the world have integrated innovation into their overall strategies and marketing campaigns. Nations and regions have launched innovation initiatives in an attempt to attract such companies and their accompanying well-paying jobs. But, as I have learned over my long career , managing innovation initiatives is actually quite hard, much harder than it may at first appear.

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.

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In early August I participated in a strategic planning meeting in the Boston area. They both participated in the planning meeting, along with senior executives from one of ID3’s industrial partners. The objective of the meeting was to explore potential collaborations between the industrial partner and ID3. . At the beginning of the meeting a few of us made brief introductory remarks. Managing a Disruptive Innovation Initiative.

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. In a recent article in the MIT Sloan Management Review , MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage proposed a provocative and counterintuitive approach for enhancing innovation and productivity through man-machine collaborations. Instead of just asking how can people create more valuable innovation?,

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. Call it the rise of the ordinary innovators. Such major lab-based disruptive technologies are at one end of the innovation spectrum.

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. The document was developed by Chile’s National Innovation Council for Competitiveness (CNIC) , a public-private organization charged with providing advice to the President of the Republic on policies that will strengthen innovation and competitiveness in the country. This was like no innovation document I’ve read.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation Meeting in Mexico

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Last week I was in Mexico where I participated in a meeting to discuss the results of the 2006 GIO 2.0

How Social Networking Can Improve Work Meetings

Luis Suarez

I am not too sure whether meetings lower our IQ or whether they make us all more stupid, as my good friend Stowe Boyd reflected on a recent blog post , but I can certainly confirm they do take a toll on your own productivity. Attention management, indeed, is the new currency and it looks like meetings want to keep having that special place in our day to day workload in terms of grabbing most of it: our attention, that is. And perhaps meetings are not the best option anymore.

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. My interest in technology-based services innovation was heightened last summer when I read an excellent report, Hidden Wealth: the contribution of science to service innovation , based upon a study sponsored by the UK Royal Society.

Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Much has been written about our digital technology revolution and its impact on economies, societies and individuals. But few have brought the kind of historical perspective to the subject that helps us better understand our turbulent times like scholar and consultant Carlota Perez in her 2002 book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages and related publications. The now well accepted technologies become the norm.

[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group. Todd Park, White House Technology Advisory.

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The Evolution of Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For over a dozen years now the concept of collaborative innovation has been at the center of much of my work. The Internet, and all the social media platforms and applications in its wake have been one of the major enablers of collaborative innovation the world has ever known. A number of IBM employees were already involved with this community, and several more would now be joining it as part of our new IBM Linux Technology Center.

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

innovators of today") Q: are we looking at ways to. So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. Need a sustainable transformation that''s relevant and meets local needs. So, we see this huge growth in technology.

Bridging the World’s Knowledge Divide: Technology + Competition, Skills and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago I attended the 12th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty , a meeting that brought together around 50-60 policy and technical experts from government, academia, business, investors and NGOs. This year’s event was focused on the impact of digital technologies on economic development in emerging and developing countries. Advances in technology keep expanding the benefits of the digital revolution across the planet.

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Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

Edge Perspectives

When you look more closely at these initiatives, they tend to be applying digital technology in ways that can help the company do what it’s always done, just faster and cheaper. As I'll suggest, digital technology can help to drive a much more fundamental transformation but it will first be necessary to challenge all of our cherished assumptions about how to run an institution. Technology: Shift from tasks to learning.

Challenging Mindsets: From Reverse Innovation to Innovation Blowback

John Hagel

Views on innovation in developing economies are evolving rapidly, yet they still do not capture the full significance of what is going on. Executives in the West are still prisoners of a mindset that equates innovation with technology and product innovation. This blinds them to significant alternative forms of innovation that can profoundly disrupt their businesses in the years ahead. Early view of innovation. Reverse innovation.

Leveraging Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Government Productivity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On October 6, the Technology CEO Council released its report One Trillion Reasons: How Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Productivity Can Save Taxpayer Money and Enhance Government Services. The Council believes that their recommentations are actionable, proven ways of reducing the deficit, which are based on real-world expertise, information technologies and organizational practices that are already being successfully applied in the private sector.

Innovation Teams 2.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was not all that long ago that innovation was viewed as something that took place almost exclusively in academia, as well as in R&D labs in the private and public sectors. The scientific and technological knowledge resulting from such research, then made its way to new products and services in the private sector, and advanced weapons for the military. Can you create such a thing as a market-facing Innovation Lab , along the lines of the R&D labs of the past?

Meetings and Bosshole Behavior: A Classic Case - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. IBM Reshapes Its Sales Meetings - BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek: How to Make Meetings Matter. Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Customer-Focused Innovation. Dorf & Byers: Technology Ventures.

Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Key to the agile approach is the involvement of the product’s target end-users early in the process to make sure that the product under development is responsive to their requirements. . Agile development is evolutionary in nature, based on the early availability of experimental prototypes, user feedback, continuous improvements, and rapid responses to technology, market and user requirements. and, would you like this feature incorporate in a future version of the product?

Let’s meet at CES!

Adaptive Path

Julia and I will be walking the floor and checking out all the latest technologies and innovations. If you’re in Las Vegas and you want to meet up, let us know. We’d love to talk about our work on some of the hot products at CES (that I can’t mention here). Tags: Events Technology I’m really excited to be headed to CES this year.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: GIO 3.0 - The 2007 Global Innovation Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. with back-to-back meetings in New York City, one of which I was the host for.

Design, Innovation and Organizational Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I gave several seminars and held a number of meetings, but the main reason for my visit was to once more participate in a STIR lecture sponsored by Design London. It aims to bring together the disciplines of design, engineering, technology and business to address jointly the challenges of innovation in an increasingly global, competitive economy. I followed Max Fordham, and talked about Innovation in Business and other Social Organizations in the 21st Century.

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Nurturing a Healthy Innovation Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

You need to put that talent to work, not only contributing to the operational excellence of the business, but focusing on innovation, so the company can survive the onslaught of new competitors and retain its leadership position into the future, as well as be able to evolve and become a leader in important new areas. Fostering a spirit of innovation among talented people is very difficult. Innovation is very much a collaborative endeavor, - a team sport.

Human-Machine Work Teams

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the likely impact of our continuing technology advances on jobs? How will they impact productivity? These are all-important questions to reflect on as our increasingly smart technologies are now being applied to activities that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans. Instead, a growing percentage of occupations will significantly change as technologies automate the more routines tasks within those occupations.

An Increasingly Digital “New Normal”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

About a dozen years ago, I attended a conference where I was interviewed on stage by then WSJ technology columnist Walter Mossberg. A world in which agile ways of working are a prerequisite to meeting seemingly daily changes to customer behavior.”. Physical products and services have evolved and been perfected over many, many years. Adoption of new technologies and working models.

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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. Over the years, I have learned that in order to capture the attention of your intended audience and differentiate your offerings from those of competitors, you have to develop a compelling brand for your new products or services.

A Biological Approach to Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies are an example of sociotechnical systems, that is, systems that have to deal with complex technologies and infrastructures, and the even more complex issues associated with human and organizational behaviors. In addition, a commitment to innovation is essential.

How Will the Pandemic Reshape Labor Markets?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a 2017 article , urban studies professor and author Richard Florida wrote: “The most important and innovative industries and the most talented, most ambitious, and wealthiest people are converging as never before in a relative handful of leading superstar cities that are knowledge and tech hubs.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I wrote about the structural changes underway in countries around the world, driven primarily by the digital technology revolution and the forces of globalization. For the past twenty years, companies have embraced digital technologies to significantly improve their productivity and reduce costs. . Aligning government with 21st century economic realities will require innovations at least as disruptive and profound as those embraced by the private sector.

Towards an ET (Energy Technologies) Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I am sure that improving the productivity and quality of health care is in just about everyone's list. First of all, we face major challenges in finding reliable supplies of energy, and reducing the environmental impact of energy production and use. In June of 2006, BP pledged $500M over ten years to establish a dedicated biosciences energy research laboratory attached to a major academic center, as well as to start a bio-fuels business for the production of new, cleaner energy.

Innovation Awards 2009

Tony Karrer

We’ve just announced the innovation awards associated with LearnTrends 2009. CUDA Business Brain CUDA technologies is a small software firm within the Hi Performance Learning and IQ Business Group in South Africa, the United Stated and Australia. The use of such simple technology eliminates any required technical support in the classroom, and make the system extremely easy to use for both teachers and students. eLearning Technology.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

According to McKinsey, a “good” digital ID must have four key attributes: Verified and authenticated to a high degree of assurance: ID meets government and private-sector standards for a multitude of important civic and economic uses over digital channels; Unique: “an individual has only one identity within a system, and every system identity corresponds to only one individual;”. Identity plays a major role in our everyday life.

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Bridging innovation and commercialization

Harold Jarche

Events during the past week have re-focused my attention on research, innovation and commercialization, especially as it pertains to learning technologies. Each option included information, communication and learning technologies. In a series of three articles [not available online], Alan Cornford stated that increasing public R&D spending will not increase innovation capacity, as only 3% of public R&D spending results in measurable innovation.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Context Online learning today is beginning to be dominated by developments in games, simulations and related technologies. Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever.

The Post-Pandemic Enterprise: What Will It Be Like?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

However, there’s also the risk that companies will rely too much on remote working for the roughly one third of mostly white collar office jobs for which it might apply. “Remote work isn’t a panacea for today’s workplace challenges, such as training, unemployment, and productivity loss,” notes the article. Accelerate next-shoring and the use of advanced technologies. Next-shoring , - building production capacity closer to the ultimate markets, - may well become the new normal.

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Honest Conversations - The Key to a Winning Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

First, “the whole system of organizing, managing, and leading has to be transformed if organizational behaviors and underlying mindsets are to be changed.” A transformational strategy that aims to take advantage of new technology and market innovations must involve the whole organization. Complex Systems Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Some Thoughts on Multidisciplinary Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Home Archives Subscribe « Business Innovation and Storytelling | Main | Becoming an Innovation Leader – Is There More than One Style? " Just about every such study has reached a similar conclusion regarding the multidisciplinary nature of innovation in the 21st Century.