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    Is Open Government the Same as Open Innovation?

    December 5, 2016 | By:

    For many years, companies were convinced of the competitive advantage of closed research and development. They jealously protected their intellectual property behind closed doors and dramatically revealed it to the public after years of development. This old model has since been replaced by open innovation.

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    How Corporate Innovation Changed in 2015: A Look Back

    December 15, 2015 | By:

    There were several key (and generally welcome) themes that emerged within the 2015 innovation development space. These are, in part, driven by the increasing value that corporate and business leadership place on this (still relatively) new competency, the sophistication of practitioners in the field, and the results of seeing what works or fails. It is truly an exciting time to be in this field and to see these changes form across the industry.

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    Taxis vs. Uber: A Perfect Example of Resistance to Change

    October 14, 2014 | By:

    In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. This article points out three things traditional taxi companies have in common with businesses of the past.

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    2013 Innovation Resolution: Make Mistakes

    January 14, 2013 | By:

    At the beginning of every year, I pick one solid quote to live by for the year. This year, my quote comes from Neil Gaiman. Gaiman himself never graduated from college. He never even enrolled in college. Yet, today, he is one of the most celebrated and prolific writers working today.

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    Innovation Method – Copy and Paste

    September 12, 2012 | By:

    One of the most common operations performed on a computer is copy and paste. We copy a section of a webpage and paste it into a document. We take it for granted. We grab an idea from one place and put it to use in another. So why not use this method for your next product or service innovation?

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    A Lesson in Innovation – Why did the Segway Fail?

    May 2, 2012 | By:

    The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing battery electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It was launched in 2001 in a blizzard of publicity. Yet it has failed to gain significant market acceptance and is now something of a curiosity. In this article Paul Sloane takes a look at what lessons to be learned from the failure.

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    What Did Innovation See in 2011? And What Will Innovation See in 2012?

    December 19, 2011 | By:

    Let us imagine that “innovation” is a person, a vibrant and dynamic person who is most interested in the new, the exciting, the useful, and through these qualities, is also very interested in creating new wealth for individuals, companies, nations, and societies. Indeed this is exactly the role that innovation plays in the global economy. Langdon Morris reflects on 2011 and what’s to come.

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    Customized Careers – a lattice replacing the traditional ladder

    November 21, 2011 | By:

    We think of careers like ladders, don’t we? And when careers do not go straight up the ladder, we do not see them as (good) careers. But if you are in the business of providing talent this is a tradition that may need to be replaced by innovation. Replacing the traditional ladder with a lattice has led to significant improvements according to Cathy Benko, chief talent officer for Deloitte.

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    Learning from Practicing Mass Customization and Open Innovation

    November 21, 2011 | By:

    Emotions, empathy, connection, love, storytelling, self-care – I am referring what I heard about the consumer. Creative revolution, democratization, social innovation, experience, passion – I am referring to what I heard about innovation.

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    Effective Innovation Management? Back to Basics!

    September 27, 2011 | By:

    For years, management and business schools have vastly exaggerated the importance of tools and theories in delivering innovations to the markets effectively. As common sense indicates, the overwhelmingly important predictor of success for an innovation is not the use of tools, “innovation frameworks”, or handbook of rules, but the quality of leadership of the project and the talent and motivation of the staff carrying it out. In innovation management, we need to go back to basics.

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    Different Strokes for Different Open Innovation Folks

    August 31, 2011 | By:

    Many firms discover in their search for unknown co-innovators that in different countries potential innovation partners react differently when they are approached by an Open Innovator. Frank Mattes looks at a recent study that may help shine light on the issue.

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    The Promise and the Reality of Collaborative Innovation

    August 23, 2011 | By:

    Practitioners in each new field emerge to explore its early, exciting promise, reconciling that potential with the results they achieve in reality. The rapidly emerging and rapidly evolving field of collaborative innovation is no different in this regard. In this article Doug Collins shares his perspective on the current state of affairs in terms of where the field stands, relative to the claims made on its behalf.

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    Keeping it Simple – Can 3 Guys Build an Idea Management System in 54 Hours?

    August 17, 2011 | By:

    At last weekend’s Taipei Startup Weekend, 3 young men – an Irishman, a Canadian and a Swede took up the challenge. Did they make it? Read their story.

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    Open Innovation: To Cooperate or Collaborate –That is the Question

    August 8, 2011 | By:

    One of the major findings in mankind’s history is realizing the value of working together. Without it we would have starved to death about 100 000 years ago because a single man going hunting is very inefficient (I know – I am a hunter). We have also seen a very strong correlation between the amount of innovations happening and the number of people who are interconnected in the society during the course of the years.

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    Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and You

    July 18, 2011 | By:

    Venture capitalist offers million-dollar grand prize in contest for best new start-up.