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    Design Thinking + Business Model Innovation

    August 25, 2015 | By: | In: Strategies

    There has been a lot of buzz around designing new and innovative business models. But what does it mean to design a new business model? How do you apply design thinking to business model innovation?

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    4 Tricks to Building a Successful Open Innovation Program

    May 20, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    One of the most critical professional challenges that employees face today is being able to successfully manage positive change within their organization. Innovation is has become a watch word, with so many divisions not being able to find enough valuable ideas and then successfully manage those ideas into a commercial offering that sometimes companies even respond to customer tickets and bugs and simply label those results as “innovation.”

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    Risk, Great Ideas, and Your Business Model

    May 4, 2015 | By: | In: The Innovation Formula

    Where do great ideas come from? Obviously they come from many sources, which means that your systematic innovation process has to support and sustain multiple efforts at ideation in parallel. In the following article we will explore some promising ways that you may be able to find ideas that will take your own business forward.

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    Game-changing Innovations are Right in Front of You, So Why Don’t You See Them?

    April 13, 2015 | By: | In: Strategies

    Your greatest innovation opportunity may be right in front of you. The problem is you don’t see it. Every day for the last decade of your life this problem has annoyed and frustrated you. Its solution is worth billions of dollars and would open up a totally new market. The problem is, like the millions of other people who have this problem, you don’t think of it as a problem anymore. You’ve been desensitized. You’ve lost your ability to innovate because of something called habituation.

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    Innovation & Ideation for Designers (and their Public)

    April 9, 2015 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    In today’s crowded marketplace a new product is only as good as its packaging and marketing campaigns. How can you make it stand out from the competition? How can you update the design of your product without alienating your customer? The new book “Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of graphic Design for Creative Success” provides ideation techniques and creative tools to push boundaries and expectations while preserving the function and message of the design.

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    Overcoming the Challenges to Successful Open Innovation

    March 3, 2015 | By: | In: Strategies

    Before any organization can reap the economic benefits of open innovation, it must overcome a number of legal, operational and cultural challenges. In this article Peter von Dyck addresses the top three obstacles to open innovation: managing intellectual property issues and other legal risks, processing ideas quickly and establishing an efficient internal structure.

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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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    6 Mind Mapping Uses for Personal Productivity

    December 23, 2014 | By: | In: Strategies

    With the increase of, and dramatic improvement in, mind mapping software and its emergence as a value-adding toolkit conveniently available for use on our computers, laptops, tablets, etc. signifies that mind-mapping can be used within an every-day working environment. Jamie MacDonald takes a closer look at six uses for mind mapping in business situations that most of us engage in on a frequent basis.

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    The Critical Lead Time to Eruption in Brainstorming Sessions

    November 18, 2014 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes

    Dr. Stephen Sweid has conducted more than a hundred structured group brainstorming sessions in recent years, as well as many one-to-one discussion sessions as a consultant and trainer. He has observed a number of common patterns related to timing and evolution of the brainstorming process.

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    Elements of a Successful Innovation Roadmap

    November 10, 2014 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes, Strategies

    Countless articles argue: To remain competitive, companies need to consistently build their innovation portfolio. Value-oriented improvement and new developments must permeate the business. This article discusses a structured approach, known as a Rapid Innovation Cycle, which brings a repeatable process to innovation, empowering individuals to contribute more and organizations to look beyond themselves—all leading to a higher success rate.

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    The Death of Innovation Crowdsourcing (As We Know It)!

    October 27, 2014 | By: | In: Life Cycle Processes

    Ideation focused crowdsourcing has been around for some time, but the approach is often not producing the desired business results in order to justify continued investments. How does the model need to change in order to drive real business value?

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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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    Where Your Next Great Idea Comes From: 3 Great Ideas from Surprising Places

    September 30, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Innovation without borders means that you’re no longer concerned about where your next great idea comes from – you’re only concerned with it being great. It means that there is no job title, mission parameter, or geography that curtails creativity or delivering on that creativity.

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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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