Enabling Factors

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    How Innovation Develops Among Individuals in Niche Social Networks

    February 11, 2016 | By:

    In the current digital arena, social networks have touched the lives of almost every human being on earth, allowing us to share life’s novelties with friends and loved ones. However, social networks are not restricted to sharing and commenting on pictures, but giving rise to innovation among individuals to help make our world a better place.

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    China on the Way to Becoming a Global Innovator

    February 9, 2016 | By:

    As part of the transformation of the Chinese economy, attested by many recent news, China is fast transitioning from low cost manufacturing to a higher value innovation-led economy. This article looks at this momentous transition.

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    The Best Tools to Derisk Innovation

    February 4, 2016 | By:

    At the start of the twenty first century the innovation buzz has become deafening. It commands the attention of everything – from the popular media to scientific journals. Innovation is claimed to be the driver of economies and the competitive edge of companies. With innovation being the core of many new management styles, one question still remains for the enthusiastic manager; what are the concrete tools for my employees to build our revolutionary innovations?

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    Opportunities for Product Management to Embrace Collaborative Innovation

    February 2, 2016 | By:

    What is top of mind in the world of product management? What does the product manager seek? How might the practice of collaborative innovation help the product manager achieve their goals? The innovation architect Doug Collins shares his perspective on these questions based on his recent participation in a product management summit.

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    Should You Invest in Workplace Training?

    January 11, 2016 | By:

    ‘Workplace training’: two words which are liable to send shivers down every manager’s spine. Not because they’re against their employees learning, of course not; but that it eats up hours upon hours of time and can cost a lot of money. Yet there’s no disputing the benefits of workplace training in terms of staff retention, filling skills gaps, improved productivity and competitive edge.

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    The Buzzword of Business in 2015: Innovation Implementation

    December 10, 2015 | By:

    The very purpose of innovation is to change things up, to move the processes forward, and to disrupt the status quo. However, “Innovation for the sake of Innovation” is a misuse of a very powerful and beneficial tool. Innovation is more than generating the next big idea – it involves how you implement the ideas that make it out of the gate, and how you build the culture to sustain the creation of those ideas. Thus, Innovation’s ability to modify strategy is critical.

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    10 Ways to Reduce the Innovation Failure Rate

    December 4, 2015 | By:

    You are not able to stand still in this fast paced business environment, but most of the time innovation fails. Innovation process-expert Robert Cooper shows that of every seven new product/service projects, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched, and only one succeeds. Innovation is so difficult to master, indeed. I love to share with you five reasons why innovation goes wrong and give you ten ways to reduce your failure rate of innovation.

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    The True Value of Your Ideas

    December 3, 2015 | By:

    The mantra of ideas being worthless can be heard from all corners of the globe. Venture capitalists back founders and not ideas. In 2009, the entrepreneur and author Seth Godin got the nine of his alternate MBA students to come up with 111 ideas each to create 999 business concepts (Godin 2009). The point? To prove that “Ideas are a dime a dozen. The money is in the execution.” But is this correct? Your gut feeling demands that your best insights are worth more than nothing, right? Right.

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    The Future of Learning is Play

    December 2, 2015 | By:

    The traditional paradigm holds that learning needs to be serious; if you’re having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Learning is meant to be hard work. It needs to be done in an orderly, disciplined fashion – the students silent as the teacher speaks. While there are some surprising exceptions, this is still the basis of most of the teaching happening in the world, and deeply entrenched in our way of thinking about learning. But is it true? Does serious learning require us to be serious?

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    Collaborative Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing: Just Getting Started

    November 24, 2015 | By:

    Advanced manufacturers—people who make “things”—face the same challenges in the Digital Age as their counterparts that traffic wholly in bits and bytes. Relentless immediacy. Increased transparency. In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins reflects on the results from a survey that the analyst firm Frost & Sullivan conducted as part of the Manufacturing Leadership Council. What are the more advanced of the advanced manufacturing thinking these days about the practice of collaborative innovation? Are they on track?

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    6 Ways to Avoid Employee Burnout and Foster Innovation

    October 22, 2015 | By:

    According to a recent Gallup poll, around 31% of U.S. employees were engaged in 2014. Why are employees less engaged? Some of the blame is due to burnout at work. This burnout, characterized by severe mental and physical exhaustion, is leading to a lack of interest, reduced employee engagement and less work being accomplished. Most of the theories that have been devised in this regard suggest that the main cause is too much work and strain, but this might not be the case.

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    The Rapidly Maturing Intrapreneur Competence: Notes from the 2015 Corporate Intrapreneur Summit

    October 16, 2015 | By:

    A group of 80 senior Innovation and HR leaders from a range of Fortune 500 organizations and leading universities recently gathered in New York City to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions to identify, support, and drive value from intrapreneurs.

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    The Importance of Space for Lean Operational Excellence

    October 14, 2015 | By:

    When taking methods of innovation leadership into your own place, what considerations do you have on the physical workspace? Does it matter? If so, why? What are the essential pointers, and which aspects are so important that you should not compromise and where can you be flexible? This article aims to show how experts in innovation leadership think about space.

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    The New Form of Startup Scaling

    October 12, 2015 | By:

    For most startups, the biggest question haunting them today is not money but scale. According to Forbes magazine, the number one cause of startup death is premature scaling (Furr 2011). So the question on every entrepreneurs’ lips is: How quickly and when to scale? But before you answers that, I’d like to ask you why no-one seems to be concerned with the even bigger question, what is scaling all about? And what is so different now that small groups of people can create billion dollar businesses on their own?

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    Three Megatrends that will Affect Everybody’s Business

    September 29, 2015 | By:

    The future is hard to predict and a lot of “experts” regularly get it wrong. However, there are some facts so important and trends so inevitable that leaders would be ill-advised to ignore and not try to anticipate. Here are three of many future megatrends that will not necessarily determine what will happen, but will most likely have a big impact on everybody’s business in the coming years to decades.

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