Innovation is a network activity

Harold Jarche

In business, attention is paid to innovative individuals, especially those who go on to become captains of industry. But of more importance is the ability of the network (society, organization, company) to stay connected to its collective knowledge in order to keep innovating.

Harnessing the power of innovation: networks are at the heart

Ross Dawson

Every organization understands they need to innovate, not just in bringing new offerings to market, but in continually becoming a new and better organization. Networks are always at the heart of innovation. Chemist Kary Mullis aptly described how he arrived at his innovations that won him the Nobel Prize in 1993: “I put together elements that were already there, but that’s what inventors always do.

network literacies

Harold Jarche

Distributed governance was part of the conversation at RESET18 in Helsinki last month, where I discussed networks, communities of practice, knowledge-sharing, and sense-making, in the context of the Finnish civil service. Civil servants using networks. Efficient networking.

Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the pace of technological change, we tend to think of our age as the most innovative ever. These innovations, first developed in the late 19th and early 20th century, have long been transforming the lives of billions. Innovation may be hitting a wall of diminishing returns.

Social networks drive Innovation

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’m always looking for simple ways to explain how networks change business and how social media help to increase openness, driving transparency and increasing innovation.

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). RedeDots is a a social network community of almost 250,000 people that came together to help each other a few years ago when Brazil was suffering from very high unemployment.

Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

John Hagel

Today they are an unnatural bundle of three very different and often conflicting business types: infrastructure management, product innovation and commercialization, and customer relationship businesses. Organization: Shift from departments and hierarchies to workgroups and networks. The core organizational unit will be small workgroups of 3-15 people who connect with others through scalable networks.

Innovation catalysts

Harold Jarche

Connectors can be identified through observation, interviews, or social network analysis. More Catalysts in the enterprise may also significantly improve innovation because innovation is inextricably linked to both networks and learning. Innovation PKM

The Innovation of Loneliness

Luis Suarez

not only your own notions of what social networks are all about, but the role we all play in them. Is this really where we are heading with our very own social networking experiences out there on the Social Web?

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Disruptive innovation was first introduced by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen in a 1995 Harvard Business Review (HBR) paper co-written with Joseph Bower. 20 years after its introduction, Christensen has revisited his original concept in What is Disruptive Innovation? ,

bias thwarts innovation

Harold Jarche

My recent blog post on our future is networked and feminine has had more online attention than any other post I have written in the past two years. The network era workplace requires collaboration and cooperation because complex problems cannot be solved alone.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. Lest we forget, the Internet started out as a DARPA sponsored project aimed at developing a robust, fault-tolerant computer network. Once in the marketplace, they seem to acquire a life of their own.

network management protocols

Harold Jarche

My principle of network management is an update of the principle of scientific management put forth by F.W. Based on this format, I have proposed the following principle for work in a post-industrial network society. Innovation Management

Keys to innovation: Tapping communities of lead users

Ross Dawson

At one point the conversation shifted to how companies could generate the innovation that will meet the soaring expectations of users. In the interview I was asked how companies can find these lead users to help them innovate.

6 key elements in effective innovation governance

Ross Dawson

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

The massive opportunity of open innovation for mid-tier firms

Ross Dawson

I wrote before about the event in a post on the central role of CFOs in innovation and future-proofing in mid-tier firms. One of the issues I discussed was the potential of open innovation. Open innovation levels the playing field.

innovation means learning at work

Harold Jarche

“So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. Innovation is continuous. Successful innovators and entrepreneurs all embrace change and the risks that they pose. Innovation and Learning. Innovation

The “Recombinant” Nature of Digital Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Customer self-service is an excellent example of recombinant innovations , which UC Davis professor Andrew Hargadon defines as innovations that “rather than chasing whole new ideas, [are] focused on recombining old ideas in new ways.” Is innovation accelerating or slowing down?

networked social capital

Harold Jarche

These data required a subject matter network to make sense of them. The smarter their networks, the better decisions they will be able to make. Understanding networked markets requires more than expert analysis. Organizations need to cultivate external subject matter networks.

innovation in perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

The perpetual beta working model tries to show how work and learning are related as we negotiate various types of networks to get new ideas, test them out, and innovate how we work. Our social networks can help us increase our awareness of new ideas.

the innovation imperative

Harold Jarche

If not, we will cease to progress, because innovation is a network activity. Monopolies are not innovative. If we are to encourage innovation, we have to work hard at engaging with diverse groups of people. Sharing is the innovation imperative. Innovation

Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the pace of technological change, we tend to think of our age as the most innovative ever. These innovations, first developed in the late 19th and early 20th century, have long been transforming the lives of billions. Innovation may be hitting a wall of diminishing returns. In a 2009 paper, The Burden of Knowledge and the ‘Death of the Renaissance Man’: Is Innovation Getting Harder? Innovators can compensate for this increasing knowledge burden in two key ways.

diverse networks, strong relationships

Harold Jarche

Being engaged with a diverse network of people who share their knowledge makes for more effective workers. Understanding how to do this becomes a key business skill in the network era. “We ConnectedEnterprise Innovation NetworkedLearning

PKM and innovation

Harold Jarche

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.

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The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

For the last decade I have examined and applied social network analysis in and across organizations, for example in large professional firms , technology purchase decision-making , high-performance personal networks , and other applications. Social networks Uncategorized

The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge

John Hagel

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. Rather than focusing on product or service innovation, or even process and business model innovation, we need to focus on a form of innovation that isn’t yet on the agenda of our leaders – institutional innovation.

Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

networked unmanagement

Harold Jarche

What are fundamental changes necessary to shift the dominant organizational model toward stronger networks and temporary, mutually negotiated hierarchies? Jarche’s Principles of Networked Unmanagement*.

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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.

Keynote slides: Crowds and the future of creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

Earlier this month I gave the opening keynote at Crowdsourcing Week on Connecting the Crowd: The Future of Creativity and Innovation. Crowdsourcing Week keynote: The Future of Creativity and Innovation from Ross Dawson. Future of business Keynote speaker Social networks Uncategorized

Not all innovation is disruptive

Harold Jarche

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. Below is an example of a tetrad for a world of pervasive networks. Innovation is the following through part. Innovation

The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

Ross Dawson

I have just finished running a two-day program in Phuket for the Malaysian Directors Academy on The Innovation Zone: Unleashing the Mindset. The piece is below, providing a high-level view on the role of company directors in driving innovation. Five domains of 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. Square shows how these venture capital networks can be used to transform the ordinary.

Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

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. In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC https://www.edx.org/course/utarlingtonx/utarlingtonx-link5-10x-data-analytics-2186 ) will start.

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helping make the network smarter

Harold Jarche

The result of what Siilasmaa learned is an excellent example of the integration of learning and work, a necessity in the network era workplace. Innovation will emerge from the entire network, when everyone is responsible in a transparent and open organization.

principles of networked management

Harold Jarche

This is a good example of networked management, as opposed to scientific management (1911), which informed the past century of practice.

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. 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.

How large professional service firms are shifting to networked services and open innovation

Ross Dawson

During the evening I had a very interesting conversation with one of the regional directors about how professional service firms are tapping external networks. For over a decade I have written and spoken about the rise of networked professional services, looking at the trend for independent professionals to collaborate in order to compete with large firms. Another is that large firms need to shift both culture and processes to become better at external networks.

Network thinking

Harold Jarche

Tweet Curtis Ogden at The Interaction Institute provides a very good summary of the differences between network-centric and hierarchy-centric thinking, called Network Thinking : Adaptability instead of control.

How Social Networking Tools Enable Heutagogy in Learning Organisations

Luis Suarez

In this respect heutagogy looks to the future in which knowing how to learn will be a fundamental skill given the pace of innovation and the changing structure of communities and workplaces. ’ [Emphasis mine]. our networks) we would want to learn with / from.

Insights into the levers of innovation in 40 major cities globally

Ross Dawson

The City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), a joint venture of NESTA, Catapult, and Accenture, has just release a very interesting report on the drivers of innovation in major cities globally.

Facilitating Innovation

Clark Quinn

While there are resources about learning design, performance support design, social networking, and more, there’s less guidance about facilitating innovation. So, first, what are the elements of innovation? Well, whether you listen to Stephen Berlin Johnson on the story of innovation , or Keith Sawyer on ways to foster innovation , you’ll see that innovation isn’t individual.