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    Collaborative Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing: Just Getting Started

    November 24, 2015 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation, Enabling Factors

    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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    How to Start ‘Riffing’ – 9 Pointers for Co-creation

    August 26, 2015 | By: | In: Creative Leadership, Strategies

    Riffing is an exciting way to co-create and an essential aspect of creative leadership. In this article about co-creation we explore the main mental blockers and enablers to riffing, and nine surprising practical pointers to tap into this power.

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    Social Change Requires “Slow Entrepreneurship”

    June 26, 2015 | By: | In: Creative Leadership, Enabling Factors

    Fast entrepreneurship runs on adrenaline-infused quick returns and quick failures, burning through long nights of brainstorms and coding. It is exciting in its own right, but appropriate only for specific ventures. Slow Entrepreneurship treasures human relationships, health, and sanity, and strives for the good life. The vision for Slow Entrepreneurship is that by going through a learning program with the right mentoring and guidance, almost everybody with dedication will bring their project to fruition.

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    Transforming How We Work

    February 2, 2015 | By: | In: Agile Innovation

    The essence of agility is the ability to respond to new and different conditions. You cannot continue repeating the same old operating formula long beyond its utility or you will be left behind. Are you prepared to adapt to the profuse variety of new circumstances with new tactics and strategies? The principles of Agile that we examine in the next three chapter excerpts of Agile Innovation will help you understand what you need to do.

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    Adaptability and Collaboration for Sustainable Business Growth

    January 29, 2015 | By: | In: Agile Innovation

    The four simple axioms in the “The Manifesto for Agile Software Development” express the core values for getting work done efficiently. In the last chapter excerpt of Agile Innovation we looked at individuals and interactions as well how to create a rapid working prototype. Today we’ll continue discussing the next elements: collaboration and carrying out change in a corporate setting.

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    Should I Talk About My Co-creation Partners?

    October 29, 2014 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes

    Research and practice have investigated firms’ benefits of co-creation with external stakeholders, such as more creative ideas, reduced development costs, and improved product quality. However, little is known about how consumers perceive products and their firms that communicate about such co-creation activities. Using two experimental studies, we investigated how consumers’ knowledge about the involvement of different types of stakeholders during the innovation process changes the adoption of new products.

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    Corporate Open Innovation Portals, Part II: Two Successful Case Examples

    October 13, 2014 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes

    Jos Tissen of Unilever, based in the Netherlands, and Shawn Heipp of Elmer’s Products, based in Ohio, USA, have something in common. Each manages his company’s corporate innovation portal, the website used to encourage technology solution submissions from external customers, suppliers, inventors, and businesses. Tissen and Heipp describe their unique portal implementation choices and their results to date.

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    Global Platforms for Co-creating Hyper-Local Solutions

    October 1, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    The products and services we use are developing in two seemingly opposite directions: We want customized and localized solution – but they should fit into a global network of services and brands. A business model to meet this paradox is to create global platforms that enable a large number of actors to create very local and personalized solutions.

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    Corporate Open Innovation Portals: An Active Part of an Open Innovation Strategy

    June 9, 2014 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes

    As part of the Open Innovation movement, many companies now actively solicit technical solutions, products and business ideas from innovators, customers, suppliers, and the broader marketplace of technology providers. Some companies have begun utilizing structured innovation submission programs, typically implemented through their corporate websites. This article, the first in a two-part series, helps companies understand Collaborative vs. Direct Portals, and the importance of IP-anti-contamination and efficient filtering in choosing the best innovation portals for their unique situations.

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    Two Ingredients for Pursuing Externally Focused Innovation

    February 4, 2014 | By: | In: Strategies

    Organizations increasingly seek new forms of innovation—and, for themselves, transformation—by engaging in co-creation with the suppliers, clients, and consumers that comprise their value streams. What insights might be gained from organizations that have begun to realize their potential for leadership by embracing openness as a core element of their charter? In this article innovation architect Doug Collins reflects on the progress that the Beijing Genomics Institute (B.G.I.) has made on this front. What lessons does B.G.I. have to teach organizations that decide to paddle with the Digital Age currents as opposed to against them?

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    10 Prospects and Trends for Open and Collaborative Innovation

    September 2, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Over the last 5 years, Open Innovation has been evolving quite a lot in the ways it can be defined and implemented. Rather than proposing one more definition or describe one specific way to approach it, here is a set of trends I foresee based on the numbers of projects I have been involved in and the evolution of needs from organizations, would they be major corporations, SMEs or Public Services.

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    Stakeholder Co-Creation: The firm as an orchestrator in innovation projects

    August 23, 2013 | By: | In: Strategies

    Nowadays, firms simultaneously include a higher variety of different stakeholders than ever before in their innovation process. Such a diverse collective brings in different perspectives and competences, yet, also poses new challenges for firms. This article presents insight into the capabilities required for a leading firm in a stakeholder co-creation project, acting as a conductor of an orchestra of stakeholders.

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    The 4 Biggest Issues For Businesses Trying To Innovate

    March 12, 2013 | By: | In: Around the Web

    Firms around the globe strive for more effective innovation outcomes. Therefore, to boost their overall performance, firms must have a clear understanding of the underlying matters that hinder innovation capabilities. In an on-going discussion, Tim Kastelle has accurately linked four of the biggest issues for owners and managers driving innovation.

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    Is Creativity the New Business Edge?

    March 4, 2013 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    The business world is very rational. Operational excellence, financial mastery and technology savviness have become pre-requisite not to stand out as a winner but to be allowed to compete. While a hard-nosed business mind is essential to cope with the increased pressure of globalized competition, it is creativity, in the form of innovation and the ability to implement it rapidly that is fast becoming the most treasured competitive asset. Companies need to innovate in a fast yet relevant manner in order to remain competitive today and develop the game changers that will allow them to remain competitive in the future.

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    The Potential of Co-Creation Communities for Customer Engagement and Innovation

    February 19, 2013 | By: | In: Around the Web

    The success of a growing number of co-creation communities gives us a deeper understanding of best practices for organizing them and how they can be used to heighten customer engagement and innovation. This article provides an informative overview of their fantastic potential and contains some helpful case histories.



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