Great readings this week

 

Enjoy it!

 Why Open Innovation is Not for Small Companies  by Stefan Lindegaard

It is difficult to find good cases on how smaller companies have engaged with open innovation. It is also difficult to give strong advice on how such companies should engage with open innovation.

Open Innovation’s Challenge: Letting Go Is Hard To Do by Joel West

Open-source software provides an important example of how companies can leverage external sources of innovation. In practice, however, big high-tech companies often have a difficult time collaborating and sharing control.

Staying Innovative While Growing by Tim Kastelle

Google Australia lost two key people over the past couple of weeks – Lars Rasmussen, one of the developers of Google Maps and Google Wave, and Kate Vale, their first employee in Australia. It seems like the main motivation in both cases was the possibly premature death of Wave, but Vale made some comments that are instructive:

by Ralph-Christian Ohr

About one year ago, I started engaging in discussions on ‘innovation’ via Twitter. As a physicist, used to work in product/innovation management for technology-based companies, my understanding of innovation was: creating value for the customer by leveraging technology development.

 

 Is innovation a matter of will? By Jorge Barba

Most of the discussion around innovation revolves around strategies, tactics and the abilities organizations need to develop to do so, but not much is said about an organizations starting point: purpose.

Using design thinking to improve a homelessness service by

Peter Gadsdon

The Housing Option Centre in Lewisham is the council’s front facing service providing support and advice for people dealing with homelessness across the borough. The service works alongside SHIP which works specifically with homelessness amongst single people. In both cases, we are dealing with customers in difficult high stress situations who either have nowhere to live or are worried that they might become homeless.

160yr old “start-up” by Deborah Mills-Scofield

160yr old privately family held old-line industry packaging company innovates their business model, management’s role, the value chain and becomes a recognized market leader and cool place to work.

What can media companies learn from “open innovation”? by Rob O’Regan

The practice of “open innovation” involves using a variety of resources – customers, competitors, partners,  employees or even (gasp) academics – to divine new ways to grow your business, particularly through the licensing or use of technology.

Thinking About Open Design by Roland Harwood and David Simoes-Brown

 “Open-source software is one thing, but would you fly in an open-source aircraft?”

This question was posed late last year at a gathering of senior design professionals in London. It was couched as a counterargument to the rise of open design and such companies as 99 designs and Quirky that offer low-cost, crowd-sourced design

Have a nice week!

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