Trends That Will Likely Shape a Highly Uncertain Year

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago The Economist published The World in 2021 , it’s 35th annual look at the economic, political, social and cultural trends that will likely shape the coming year. The World in 2021 highlights ten specific trends.

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The Current State of Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In January, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published Open Innovation Results : Going Beyond the Hype and Getting Down to Business, his fourth book on innovation in the last two decades. He’s credited with coining the term open innovation in his 2003 book of the same title.

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Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

McKinsey recently published an article on the long-term trends that are reshaping the business environment. T he article reminds us that the trend is your friend is an old adage that applies to business strategy as well as to investing. Companies that correctly identify and ride the tailwinds of technology and market trends will generally perform significantly better than companies for whom these same trends become tough headwinds.

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Trend: offshore service centers driving innovation and revenue

Ross Dawson

The next phase is for GICs to go beyond cost arbitrage on support to drive innovation and higher-value functions, as shown in this diagram from a recent NASSCOM report on GICs in India. Global domain expertise inside multi-nationals increasingly resides in GICs, with innovation often a core directive. This was very well attended, demonstrating the interest in the drivers of innovation in offshore centers.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.” Others called it an “absolutely devastating takedown of disruptive innovation,” a concept that Lepore said is a “competitive strategy for an age seized by terror.”

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. Steady growth, when it occurs, results from the offsetting of these two trends.”. Innovators can compensate for this increasing knowledge burden in two key ways.

A Glimpse at the Emerging Trends of Service Design

Adaptive Path

What are the big trends in service management that service designers need to know? She’ll highlight how the world of service management is changing dramatically through a renewed focus on service innovation, customer experience and engagement strategies, service infusion in product-centric firms, customer participation in service co-creation, and the need to tie service investments to critical metrics and the bottom line.

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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.” The basic premise behind these kinds of innovations is the search for breakthrough ideas that might lead to the creation of new products, markets and industries based on novel combinations of existing technologies .

Announcing Corporate Learning Trends and Innovation

Jay Cross

George Siemens, Tony Karrer, and Jay Cross today announced that the third annual conference on Corporate Learning Trends & Innovation will take place online November 17, 18, and 19, 2009. LearnTrends 2009. November 17-19, 2009 | Online | Free. This year’s topic is Convergence in Corporate Learning. Mark your calendar to participate and to network with fellow corporate learning professionals.

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. Steady growth, when it occurs, results from the offsetting of these two trends.”. Innovators can compensate for this increasing knowledge burden in two key ways.

Corporate Learning Trends & Innovations 08 agenda

Jay Cross

Give us your e-mail address to receive info on Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008 As a sponsor, I am totally biased, but I predict this will be a kick-ass event and suggest you mark you calendar now.

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. No one knows how these trends will track or what the university will look like in the future. Universities are exceptional at innovating and changing.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. But, for many companies, the use of cloud to foster business innovation and growth remains elusive. Investments need to go into innovation and disruptive business models. Cloud-based innovation is a major part of that evolution.

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.

Global Trends 2030 - Living Through a Transformative Period

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every four years, it develops a Global Trends report with an approximate time horizon of fifteen years in order to provide the White House and the intelligence community with a framework for long-range strategic policy assessment. Its latest report - Global Trend 2030: Alternative Worlds (GT2030) - was released this past December. . In its opening page, the Global Trends 2030 report compares our current times to the dawn of the Industrial Age. “We

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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. We need to look at higher education through the lens of disruptive innovation, argues a report published last February, - Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education. Disruptive innovations are based on two main ingredients.

Alarming Trends in CIPD Employee Outlook Survey

Dan Pontefract

When he or she is able to occupy a proper work-life balance while feeling devoid of excessive and unnecessary workplace pressure, amazing, innovative outcomes manifest. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a research wonk. Some may look at that honest admission as a cry for help. Others steer clear of me when I ingest new data because it allegedly makes me more likely to furl a brow as I further scorn the lack of leadership advancement in today’s organizations.

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Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008

Jay Cross

Come to Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008 if you want to: participate in a stridently unaffiliated event (no sponsors! Hook up with fellow innovative thinkers and international visionaries to gain insight into what’s going on, swap opinions, and shape the future of corporate learning. Check out the line-up of catalysts at the Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008 site. Dave Gray: Visual Literacy, Learning Innovation.

Top Ten Trends from McKinsey

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

McKinsey Quarterly frequently highlights trends that will ripple down through many aspects of the global business environment. For example, the current issue describes Clouds, big data, and smart assets : Ten tech-enabled business trends to watch. Trend 1: Distributed cocreation moves into the mainstream. Trend 2: Making the network the organization. Trend 3: Collaboration at scale. Trend 4: The growing ‘Internet of Things’.

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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. The topic of “ innovation mindset ” is an excellent one for company directors, as that must be the starting place for successful innovation initiatives. Innovation and transformation at the board level is by far the dominant theme of my work at the moment. The six key elements of innovation governance are: Vision.

Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Kick-off

Jay Cross

As a co-host, I am hardly without bias, but I found this morning’s opening of the free Corporate Learning Trends event fantastic. In spite of some childish hacker-vandals and a few sound issues, each of the three sessions this morning worked. Despite the fact that Jane Hart and I work with one another on togetherLearn , I had never used — or even heard of — VoiceThread, nvu, or Yugma. The proliferation of free learning tools certainly comes at the right time.

[ftf] Future Trends Forum

David Weinberger

It is the 16th edition of the Future Trends Forum, sponsored by the Fundacion de la Innovacion, sponsored by Bankinter, in Madrid. During the conference, we’ll be looking at innovations in parts of the world where the institutions are not as firmly fixed, to try to get a glimpse of what might emerge. I’m at a small conference — about 40 people — that is considering what would be “an effective education for the 21st Century.&#

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APIs are enabling an unprecedented flow of innovation

Ross Dawson

Below are the slides for my keynote on The Flow of Innovation. APIDays Keynote: The Flow of Innovation from Ross Dawson. In my keynote I noted that in a world in which we are moving towards a truly fluid economy, driven partly by powerful twin technological and social trends towards openness, networks are at the heart of everything. Business innovation can be applied across five domains: product or service, marketing, process, organization , and business model.

Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Nov 17-21

Nancy White

So take a look at what he, Jay Cross and George Siemens have put together for Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations » Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008. Hook up with fellow innovative thinkers and international visionaries to gain insight into what’s going on, swap opinions, and shape the future of learning. Innovation.

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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. Keynote slides: Harnessing the Power of Innovation from Ross Dawson.

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. .

Making sense of complexity and innovation

Harold Jarche

” @Cory_Foy – “Innovation comes from slack. ” Deconstructing Innovation : a complex concept made simple; by @ShaunCoffey. 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. In fact, innovation is the poster child of the mantra that there are no rules.

Harold Jarche » Corporate Learning Trends & Innovations

Harold Jarche

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A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These new ventures continue to attract more and more financial capital from investors, which in turn helps improve the quality and lowers the cost of the new disruptive technology and leads to many new innovative applications. But inevitably, the investments in new companies and applications turns into unsustainable speculation, leading to a financial bubble which eventually crashes. New paradigms emerge for guiding innovation and for determining winners and losers in the marketplace.

The need for innovation across boundaries and the power of big data analytics

Ross Dawson

The primary themes of the report were around spotting opportunities, innovation, transparency and trust, personalization, and 24/7 availability, and the implications for business. One of the interesting insights from the study was on what executives believe their organizations can best do to foster innovation. Top of the list was increasing co-operation between departments, recognizing the imperative of innovation across boundaries.

Help Needed - Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovation

Tony Karrer

As I recently announced , I'm helping George Siemens to organize Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations. When you go to the conference page via the link above, you can see that it's a big wiki. People are already in putting in their names, ideas, etc. There's also a link to the To Do page. Currently, this page lists some tasks that I'm sure I could figure out how to do, but I'm hoping that some reader might be willing to take on.

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Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

Edge Perspectives

This institutional transformation is an imperative because the scalable efficiency model is increasingly challenged given the profound changes playing out in our global economy (see our work on return on asset trends for US companies). 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.

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. Many of the world’s largest organizations, such as the US Department of Defence, Procter & Gamble and IBM are avid proponents of open innovation. Open innovation levels the playing field. Future of business Innovation Social networks Uncategorized

Internet Time Blog » Corporate Learning Trends & Innovations 08 agenda

Jay Cross

Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Nov 17-21 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Oct 25 2008 Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Nov 17-21 Published by Nancy White at 2:55 pm under communities of practice , events , learning , networks Most of you know me in the non profit world, but Tony Karrer of Tech Empower convinced me I could contribute to a corporate learning event. Innovation. Innovation.

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Internet Time Blog » Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008

Jay Cross

Blog Post: Worcestershire Innovation Knowledge Caf?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I facilitated a Knowledge Café a month or so ago in my home town of Worcester for WINN (Worcestershire Innovation) on the topic "What are life's big questions that require innovation as an answer?". If you are concerned with what the future may hold - why not run a Future Café to explore the trends and issues that are shaping, influencing and distrupting our world and your organization.

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. The CITIE Framework examines 9 different areas in which cities can support entrepreneurship and innovation, shown here: Source : City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship report.

The Power of Innovation keynote in Luxembourg

Trends in the Living Networks

It was fascinating to see the energy and innovation in this small country in the heart of Western Europe. Global economy Technology trendsI recently gave the opening keynote at the Golden-i Awards in Luxembourg. Luxembourg for Business has produced a five minute video about the event, including an interview with me and also the organizers talking about my “very inspiring” keynote. Click on the image below to see the video (start from 1:00).

Keys to innovation: Tapping communities of lead users

Trends in the Living Networks

At one point the conversation shifted to how companies could generate the innovation that will meet the soaring expectations of users. Notably through the work of MIT’s Eric von Hippel , companies have grown to recognize the critical importance of co-creation in innovation, and in particular the role of ‘lead users’ Lead users are typically those who find new applications for products, extend their use, and are the most discerning.

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.

Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Nov 17-21 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Oct 25 2008 Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Nov 17-21 Published by Nancy White at 2:55 pm under communities of practice , events , learning , networks Most of you know me in the non profit world, but Tony Karrer of Tech Empower convinced me I could contribute to a corporate learning event. Innovation. Innovation.

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From the Digital Divide to Inclusive Innovation: the Case of Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Today, it calls itself “an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges”. . The panel was organized to mark the publication of an RSA pamphlet - From the digital divide to inclusive innovation: the case of digital money. It may usher in a new era of more inclusive innovation that involves billions of more people around the world in constructing the services that affect their future.”.