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 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

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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.

Network Era Skills

Harold Jarche

It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured in the network era. This is where enterprise social networks have helped organizational learning.

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Principles of Networked Unmanagement

Harold Jarche

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration. As we shift to a networked economy, our organizational frameworks have to change. No one has the definitive answer any more but we can use the intelligence of our networks to make sense together and see how we can influence desired results.

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.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.”

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

Hierarchies, simple branching networks, are obsolete. But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change. A connected enterprise starts by building a foundation of trust, embracing networks, and then managing complexity. Networks. Hierarchies.

Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

Tweet I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation.

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.

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.

A Conversation on Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: the negative side of innovation, there's a prettyconsistent assessment of innovation & technology, a pretty consistentstatement, by the youth in the occupy movement. If we go one step beyond innovation, we have actuallyreached a cusp in the west. Does the general population support innovation? We need to start thinking about 'innovation' and'Innovation'. Andas long as innovation is tech development, not social development, we willleave them behind.

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? ,

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

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.

The immense role of national and ethnic diaspora in driving global innovation

Ross Dawson

For over a decade I have been working with various facets of the idea of Global Innovation Networks: connections around the world that facilitate new endeavors. Innovation always stems from diverse connections between ideas and people.

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.

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

Dan Pontefract

We deployed our enterprise social network last year, but it’s a ghost town. Is innovation and ideation a shared experience or left to a few? Consultant Jane McConnell of NetStrategyJMC , has been researching enterprise social networks (ESN) for the past decade.

Network Learning: Working Smarter

Harold Jarche

Tweet “In the period ahead of us, more important than advances in computer design will be the advances we can make in our understanding of human information processing – of thinking, problem solving, and decision making…” ~ Herbert Simon, Economics Nobel-prize winner (1968).

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. THE ISSUE IS NOT whether you are going to become a socially networked university but how soon. IBM describes socially networked corporations as the next step in the overall evolution of business. Networks Social Learning

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.

Design the process, not the outcome

Dave Snowden

We don't design the outcome, we design the processes of interaction and monitor for emergence. Merging informal networks post merger or re-organisation. A non-narrative technique, s ocial network stimulation creates self-organising merged communities across silos.

Innovators, imitators and idiots

Harold Jarche

Friday’s Finds: “first come the innovators, then the imitators, then the idiots … you can set your watch to it.” Networked minds” require a fundamentally new kind of economics – via @eprenen. Networked minds create a cooperative human species.

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.

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

George Siemens

The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m More specifically, dLRN will do the following: Foster Innovation , specifically in increasing the capacity of member universities to transition to the digital environment. Higher education is digitizing.

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. The curriculum was based on their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book and “ taxonomy for innovation.”

Innovating our way out of the industrial era

Harold Jarche

I have frequently said that simple and complicated work is getting automated and outsourced and that the real value in the networked enterprise is in complex (creative) work. Standardized work, that can be done by many, is low value in the network era.

Learning to breathe in the network era

Harold Jarche

The networked workplace is the new reality. This makes it difficult to connect at the boundaries, which is where we have the best opportunities for serendipity and potential innovation. Exception-handling is becoming the primary work for people in the networked workplace.

[2b2k] MOOCs as networks

David Weinberger

2B2K’s answer (such as it is) is that you make a room smart by enabling its inhabitants to create a knowledge network. Such a network would at a minimum connect all the participants laterally, as well as involving the teacher It would encourage discussion of course topics, but be pleased about discussions that go off topic and engage students socially. It would encourage links within and outside of the course network.

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.

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.

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It marked the passage of the Internet from a network primarily used by universities, research labs and geeks in general, to a platform with a vastly expanded reach and connectivity. 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.

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.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The talk is called "Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World" and I want to begin with a story that came across the wires recently and I thought was very appropriate for this venue. Here''s a model (Figure 1) of a workflow-processed employee to assist LMS selection.

Enterprise Social Networking Tips by Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Over the course of the last few years there has been one particular aspect of social networking for business that I still haven’t come to terms with throughout all of that time. Perhaps the most vocal one being one of my favourite social networking tools: Google Plus.

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The “Recombinant” Nature of Digital Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree, for example, that spreadsheet and word processing were the first killer-apps of the PC era, helping transform PCs into must-have business and personal productivity tools. Such lab-based breakthroughs are at one end of the innovation spectrum.

Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation

Ross Dawson

Last Friday, after delivering the breakfast keynote at CPA Congress in Brisbane (more on that in another post), I ran a half-day workshop at the partner offsite of a national accounting firm network on the theme of Disruption and Innovation in Professional Services. However in professional services probably the most important domain is service delivery, in which extraordinary possibilities for innovation have opened up in the network economy. Continuous innovation.

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. t from your innovation activities.

Nonprofit Innovation Toolkits: Methods To Invent, Adopt, and Adapt Ideas to Deliver Better Results

Beth Kanter

” It is a social innovation toolkit for those who work in the development sector. The overarching objective of the toolkit is to increase the innovation capacity of development practitioners. People and Connections Map : Helps you map your network.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. We have to find, says Laurillard innovative ways of teaching. Things like the principles for dynamic networks.