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Open innovation and some reactions

15 de Dezembro de 2010


(Texto em Português depois deste)



Stefan Lindegaard and Portuguese companies


On Monday, Cotec Portugal held an event called “Fast Open and Global – New Perspectives on Innovation” that has as speaker Stefan Lindegaard who talk about open innovation.

An initiative to applaud, not only for the opportunity created to hear one of the most emblematic speaker on open innovation but mainly by the work produced in innovation regarding the certification of companies in this area and for presentation of the “Barometer of innovation”.

The barometer is a great tool, with dynamic features, where we can provide an excellent base of knowledge about the state of the nation in innovation.

But back to my purpose today that is reporting my impressions about the role of open innovation and the expectations of some entrepreneurs or their representatives in Portugal and attending the event.


Lindegaard did, in my view a presentation from his point of view on open innovation, which surprised me, not by its nature and direct confrontation, however extremely empathic, but by the direction given to his speech, perfectly embedded in the profile of listeners.

They were entrepreneurs and leaders of innovation related institutions who waited wise words to solve some of their problems.

They were people who had finished a participation in a roadmap held over weeks by the country on “good Innovation management practices”.

A few dozen of these persons were representatives of companies already certified on “innovation management” and had therefore been subject to rigorous evaluation processes, or at least subject to some conditionality of conformities.

And it was there, in my opinion that happen one of its Lindegaard highlights, when he said that open innovation is a state of mind.

I think that was not the recipe that some had expected to make their own cake, but it was certainly the most appropriate response to the question:

What is the open innovation?

What doesn’t surprised me was repeated an affirmation Lindegaard have already entered in his blog 15INNO – “Why open innovation is not for small Companies”.

But that expression surprised quite a few of those that eventually expect to find in open innovation a rapid response to the challenges faced.

Lindegaard was somewhat sympathetic provocative to say that companies have to choose between being a large slice of a pie or make grow the pie. Position openly shared by one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Portugal. Growth is key.

I think Lindegaard left a important mark in presentation and subsequent discussion among Portuguese entrepreneurs, indicating which paths that businesses should explore and which conditions under which should do.

I think that SMEs have a very important place in Innovation and open innovation is also a place in the Sun for them. Everything depends on the combination of wills and efforts.

I must say too that it was felt by enterprises, the need to integrate knowledge via networks, like Twitter, particularly recommended by Stefan as a means of establishing contact with the companies outside world.


Thank you Stefan for sharing your toughts!



Inovação aberta e algumas reacções

Stefan Lindegaard e as empresas Portuguesas

Na passada segunda-feira, a Cotec Portugal promoveu um evento denominado Fast Open and Global – New Perspectives on Innovation que contou com a presença de Stefan Lindegaard para falar sobre Inovação Aberta.

Uma iniciativa a aplaudir, não só pela oportunidade criada para ouvir uma das pessoas mais emblemáticas em Inovação Aberta mas sobretudo pelo trabalho produzido em Inovação no que toca à certificação de empresas nessa área e pela apresentação do “Barómetro da Inovação”.

Este último, uma óptima ferramenta, com características dinâmicas, que nos poderá fornecer uma excelente base de conhecimento sobre o estado da nação em Inovação.

Mas voltemos ao meu propósito de hoje que é relatar as minhas impressões sobre o papel da Inovação aberta e as expectativas de alguns empresários ou seus representantes em Portugal e ali presentes.

Lindegaard fez, a meu ver uma apresentação do seu ponto de vista sobre Inovação Aberta, que me surpreendeu, não pelo seu cariz directo e de confrontação, mas extremamente empático, mas sim pela direcção dada ao seu discurso, perfeitamente encaixado no perfil dos ouvintes.

Eram empresários e dirigentes de instituições ligadas à inovação que aguardavam palavras sábias para resolver alguns dos seus problemas.

Eram pessoas que tinham terminado uma participação num roteiro realizado ao longo de semanas pelo País sobre “As boas práticas de Gestão de Inovação”.

Algumas dezenas dessas pessoas eram representantes de empresas já certificadas em “Gestão de Inovação” e tinham portanto estado sujeitas a processos de rigor de avaliação, ou pelo menos sujeitos a algum condicionalismo de conformidades.

E foi aí, na minha opinião, que Lindegaard teve um dos seus pontos altos, quando afirmou que inovação aberta é um estado de espírito.

Penso que não era a receita que alguns esperavam para fazer o seu próprio bolo, mas foi com certeza a resposta mais adequada à pergunta:

O que é a Inovação aberta?

Aquilo que não me surpreendeu foi Lindegaard ter repetido uma afirmação já inscrita no seu blogue 15INNO – “Porque é que a inovação aberta não é para pequenas empresas”.

Mas surpreendeu bastante alguns dos presentes que eventualmente esperavam encontrar na Inovação aberta uma resposta rápida aos desafios com que se confrontam.

Lindegaard foi um pouco simpaticamente provocador ao dizer que as empresas têm que escolher entre ser uma fatia grande de uma tarte ou fazer crescer a tarte. Posição partilhada abertamente por um dos empresários de maior sucesso em Portugal. O crescimento é fundamental.

Eu penso que Lindegaard deixou uma marca importante na sua apresentação e posterior discussão junto dos empresários Portugueses, indicando quais os caminhos que as empresas devem explorar e quais as condições em que o devem fazer.

Eu, da minha parte, continuo apensar que as Pequenas e Médias empresas têm um lugar muito importante na Inovação e que a Inovação aberta também um lugar ao Sol para elas. Tudo depende da conjugação de vontades e de esforços.

Resta acrescentar que se fez sentir, por parte das empresas, a necessidade de integrar conhecimento através das redes socias nomeadamente o Twitter recomendado por Stefan como forma de estabelecer contacto com o mundo exterior às empresas.

Great readings this week

11 de Dezembro de 2010

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Beware of Facts & Innovation by Deb Mills-Scofield

Facts & Data.  At Bell Labs we used to say, “How much did you pay for that data?”  Most market research projects – for strategic planning and innovation (my passions), or even incremental product development focus on getting the facts.  Ok, here’s one for you:


It Is Hard To Decide Between Getting The “Best” And Getting “Enough”. Muji Thinks “Enough” Is The New “Best”. By Idris Mootee

I am not a superfan of Muji but I am very impressed with their last three years of repositioning or finetuning of the brand and after spending 15 mins in one of their stores in Tokyo I can see why they are doing well. The concept is exporting well to the US too.

Five Ways To Get Smarter On Open Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

I believe the best way to get smarter and acquire new knowledge on innovation is through articles and blog posts rather than reading books. It is just my experience that it works better both in terms of value and time spent.


Asshole Bosses and You: A Cartoon By Team Synchronicity at North Carolina State by Bob Sutton

I just got an email from Scott Bolin, an MBA student at North Carolina State, who worked with his team of fellow MBA’s,  James Wall, My Le, and Bikram Jit Singh, create a funny and well-crafted cartoon called Asshole Bosses and You. 

Cultivating Diversity: a New Way to Network by Mike Brown

Jon Lovitz did a routine on Saturday Night Live about how to be more successful. The answer to success was always the catch phrase, “Get to know me!” Looking back on my first year of leaving the corporate world for entrepreneurship in the world of strategy and innovation, the success we’ve had has been linked


Want Your Customers To Talk Sizzle Or Steak? By Wim Rampen

Customers have jobs to do. And so do Companies. In essence the trick is to align and focus the company’s activities to maximize support to Customers to get their jobs done. From the unpredictable Customer’s decision journey through each stage of the life-cycle. And make money as a result of it.


The Magic of Intuition at Work by Alex Pattakos via Ralph-Ohr


Sometimes we wish that we had the magical powers of the lovable witch Samantha Stephens in the situation comedy Bewitched; at the time (1960s and 1970s) it was the highest rated television series ever for the ABC network.

Balance innovation and continuous improvement by Jorge Barba

All of us know that if you we want to make sweeping changes, we need to innovate. If done incrementally (in small improvements), it won’t attract much attention. FedEx became a success story as they changed people’s expectations (absolutely, positively overnight) of delivery services, delivered on their promise and charged a premium for it.  However, innovation projects are never “complete”.

Have a nice week!

Great readings this week

13 de Novembro de 2010


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 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!

Great readings this week!

26 de Setembro de 2010

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Innovation and Human Capabilities by Ralph-Christian Ohr

John Steen wrote a series of  posts on why experts and crowds usually miss disruptive innovation and how to use networks to tap expertise and knowledge. I’d like to expand these thoughts a bit more towards the question: what’s the role of human capabilities in innovation? For elaboration, I’m going to combine two concepts I’ve recently come across:

Has Google jumped the innovation shark? by Jeffrey Phillips

I was thinking recently, with the demise of Google Wave, that it is entirely possible that Google has jumped the innovation shark.  For those of you unfamiliar with the “jumped the shark” phrase, that harkens to a famous television show in the US.

Innovation. What Gives ? by Jorge Barba

Spotted this  tweet a few minutes ago : # Innovation is rare. : millions of cookbooks Sold and read all with Practically The Same recipes. What Gives ?

Large-scale Solutions without Large-scale Organizations – #BIF6 by Andrea Meyer

Instead of trying to change large organizations, we can create new human-scale organizations that embody the needed changes and inspire passion. Micro-volunteering site, citizen site SeeClickFix and Fabien Cousteau’s PlantaFish point the way.

Don’t Let Others Steal Your Ideas, Another Cool Idea by Stefan Lindegaard

I recently learned about two cool projects on the intersection of open innovation, IPR and ideas. They are still in the early stages, but I think they have some potential and if you work on this intersection, you should definitely check them out.


Is It Time to Rethink the T-Shaped Designer? by Kevin McCullagh 

At the recent DMI conference in London, Geoff Mulgan, once Tony Blair’s ex-strategy advisor and now a leading social entrepreneur, politely explained how ‘social designers’ had ‘entered his space’… and failed.

The Collaborative Organization: How to Make Employee Networks Really Work by Rob Cross, Peter Gray, Shirley Cunningham, Mark Showers and Robert J. Thomas

As information technology becomes increasingly critical within large, global organizations, chief information officers are being held to ever-higher performance standards.

So What Is Going On In Open Innovation In 2010? By Roland Harwood

Here at AngelNews we are convinced that a major platform for economic recovery will come from sustained engagement between very large corporates and their SME siblings.

Interaction Design Has An Important Role To Play In Our Future, It Has The Power To Transform Cultures by Idris Mootee

There is two articles on IC today, one on Inc. magazine and the other in Globe and Mail. We’re getting some good press coverage and we need to continue to make our story heard.


Boss Poop: A Morality Tale From Author Jonathan Littman by Bob Sutton

I have talked about author Jon Littman here before, as he has written a lot of books.  He co-authored gems including The Art of Innovation, Ten Faces of Innovation, and most recently “I Hate People.”

Designing Effective Open Innovation Programs by Arie Goldshlager

1)Design Open Innovation Processes that facilitate long-term trust-based relationships

Have a nice week!

The open innovation and knowledge transfer

22 de Setembro de 2010

(Texto em Português depois deste)

Communication and trust

Open Innovation brings measurable results for those who embraced it with lower costs than traditional methods.

Open Innovation is” the use of inputs and outputs for purposes of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand markets for external use of innovation, respectively. [This paradigm] assumes that companies can and should use external ideas, as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as they look to advance their technology.”- Henry Chesbrough

Open Innovation is hard! Ask different skills and ability to face new challenges.

Open Innovation requires discipline, and try to draw the right choices, to engage in new skills and tools, as well as process all of this without losing the desired pace .  

Open Innovation brings speed in placing products or services on the market.

Open Innovation can reduce risk when making decisions, it presents more and better alternatives.

Open Innovation promotes interdisciplinary actions and this increases the brand value.

Open Innovation enables collaboration with universities, reducing the cracks between them and the organizations.

Take the example of Deutsche Telekom:

“Consistent application of the logic of open innovation leads to the inclusion of the client. Open Innovation helps open the borders of the company, promoting cooperation and integration know-how of foreign brokers to meet the most demanding requirements of the innovation ecosystem. In addition to subsidiaries, suppliers, competitors, consultants, and private and public research institutions, first, the client plays a decisive role (Eurostat 2007).

Customers are equal partners in development processes of Deutsche Telekom as part of a coherent approach to open innovation. The four methods of integrating the customer – Lead user method, a contest of ideas, virtual communities, and “toolkits for innovation”- are based on theoretical principles and are exemplary in integrating the user’s approach to open innovation.”

Open innovation provides an overview of how companies can benefit from external sources of knowledge.

But open innovation also brings other challenges such as finding partners for innovation as they are clearly listed by Stefan Lindegaard on ” Top 10 Challenges in Finding Innovation Partners

As a process of knowledge transfer everything depends on the absorption capacity. The difference in ability explains many times, because an organization has more success than others.

The absorption capacity, and openness to the outside (Open Innovation) are closely related, and that connection is often characterized by fears of leakage of information or other type of insecurity.

We know that similar situations happen at any time and anywhere, so it is important to discipline when an organization embraces open innovation.

Andrea Meyer in his blog Working Knowledge  writes “Stefan Lindegaard, author of the The Open Innovation Revolution , and Greg Fox, Senior Director & CMO – Strategic Alliances at Cisco, held an invitation-only Think Tank group at the Summit to identify and discuss the key qualities of leaders of open innovation.  The group ranked communications in the top three characteristics (vision and adaptability were also key).  The Think Tank group emphasized the importance of leaders using a deliberate communications strategy with holistic internal and external communication.  Good open innovation leaders have the confidence to share what they know but also maintain proper disclosure limits with open innovation partners.”

Good leaders should read:


A inovação aberta e a transferência de conhecimento

Comunicação e confiança

A Inovação Aberta, traz resultados mensuráveis para quem a abraça com custos mais baixos do que os métodos tradicionais.

“Inovação aberta “ é “a utilização das entradas e saídas de propósitos de conhecimento para acelerar a inovação interna, e ampliar os mercados, para o uso externo das inovações, respectivamente. [Este paradigma] pressupõe que as empresas podem e devem usar ideias externas, assim como ideias internas, e caminhos internos e externos para o mercado, como olham para o avanço da sua tecnologia. ” – Henry Chesbrough

A Inovação Aberta, é dura! Pede competências diferentes e habilidade para enfrentar novos desafios.

A Inovação aberta, requer disciplina, para desenhar e experimentar as opções certas, para se envolver em novas competências e, ferramentas, bem como, processar tudo isso, não perdendo o ritmo desejado.  

A Inovação Aberta, traz velocidade na colocação de produtos ou serviços no mercado.

A Inovação Aberta, pode reduzir riscos, ao tomar decisões, pois apresenta mais e melhores alternativas.

A Inovação aberta, promove a interdisciplinaridade e isso aumenta o valor da marca.

A Inovação Aberta, permite uma colaboração com as universidades, reduzindo as fissuras existentes entre estas e as organizações.

Vejamos o exemplo da Deutsche Telekom:

“A aplicação consistente da lógica de inovação aberta conduz à inclusão do cliente. Inovação aberta ajuda a abrir as fronteiras da empresa, promovendo a cooperação e integração de know-how externo de correctores para cumprir os requisitos mais exigentes do ecossistema de inovação. Além de filiais, fornecedores, concorrentes, consultores, bem como privadas e instituições públicas de pesquisa, em primeiro lugar, o cliente desempenha um papel decisivo (Eurostat 2007).

Os clientes são parceiros iguais nos processos de desenvolvimento da Deutsche Telekom, como parte de uma abordagem coerente da inovação aberta. Os quatro métodos de integração do cliente – método de usuário chumbo, concurso de ideias, comunidades virtuais, e “kits de ferramentas para a inovação” – são baseadas em princípios teóricos e são exemplares para a integração do usuário na abordagem de inovação aberta.”

A abertura na inovação fornece uma visão geral de como as empresas podem beneficiar a partir de fontes externas de conhecimento.

Mas a inovação aberta também traz outro tipo de desafios como o encontrar parceiros de inovação como claramente são referidos por Stefan Lindegaard em “ Top 10 Challenges in Finding Innovation Partners

Como num processo de transferência de conhecimento tudo depende da capacidade de absorção. A diferença de capacidade explica muitas vezes, porque uma organização tem mais sucesso, do que outra.

A capacidade de absorção, e a abertura ao exterior (inovação aberta) estão intimamente ligadas e, essa ligação é caracterizada frequentemente por receios de fuga de informação ou de outro tipo de insegurança.

Nós sabemos que situações análogas acontecem em qualquer momento e em qualquer lugar, por isso é importante a disciplina quando se uma organização abraça a inovação aberta.

Andrea Meyer no seu blog Working Knowledge  “Stefan Lindegaard, autor do A Revolução Open Innovation eE Fox Greg, Director Sénior e CMO – Alianças Estratégicas em Cisco, acolheram um grupo Think Tank , só por convite, na Cimeira para identificar e discutir as principais qualidades dos líderes de inovação aberta . O grupo classificou as comunicações no topo três características (visão e capacidade de adaptação também foram chave). O grupo Think Tank ressaltou a importância de os líderes usarem uma estratégia deliberada de comunicação holística interna e externa.

Bons líderes de inovação aberta têm a confiança de partilhar o que sabem, mas também manter os limites de divulgação adequada com os parceiros de inovação aberta.”

Bons líderes devem ler:

Some great readings this week!

18 de Setembro de 2010

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Collaboration Calculus by Mark Eggleston

Why is it so difficult to incorporate new collaborative processes and tools into an organization?  I’ve recently been observing a small team in a Fortune 500 company as they wrestle with this question. 


How to Unleash Your Human Potential by Austin Carr via Jorge Barba

“This is the biggest thing I’ve learned about business,” says Scott Cook. “It’s changed how we innovate.”


The Emergence of Twenty-First Century Leadership by Cathy Y. Taylor

Flexible, adaptable and innovative companies require a different kind of leader, those with a passion for discovering how to do what no one else is doing and doing it better than anyone else. twenty-first century leadership is one in which all the power to make change is no longer concentrated at the top


Thinking about the future of work by Anneli Knight via Ralph-Ohr

Creating a workplace where employees have a clear sense of purpose and the time and space for reflection are important ways to nurture a culture of creativity and innovation. That’s according to three thought leaders who came together at last week’s Creative Innovation Conference to explain the ingredients to organisational success.

Column: Best Practices Get You Only So Far by by C.K. Prahalad

Companies identify best practices, particularly those of market leaders, and try to implement them. Such benchmarking has a role to play in business, but I’m not exactly a fan of the process.

Open or Closed Settings: When Does Open Innovation Work Best? By Stefan Lindegaard

A discussion on one of my older posts which asked the question whether R&D units should run open innovation efforts, made me think on strategic alliances and their role for open innovation and whether open innovation works best in closed or open settings.


To find a better way to do things, stop and think! By Jorge Barba

I’ve argued before that innovation is the result of consistently trying to do something better than it’s done before, sometimes this also means that it has to be different. This simple idea is well understood but not easy to put into action because it’s very difficult for most people to think about why they do what they do and how they could do it better. Routines and habits are very very powerful!

Don’t Use the Same Network for Every Stage of Innovation by John Steen

Tim and I have recently edited a network focussed issue of a journal called Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice. The really pleasing outcome from the submssions was the wide variety of applications that network analysis was having in the study of innovation management. We received papers from Asia, Europe and Australia and the overall standard of the submissions was very good.

Have a good week!

Another Selection of good readings – M version

12 de Setembro de 2010

I think reading is fun!

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The Power of Co-Creation by Terry Kosdrosky via @ariegoldshlager

A Q&A with marketing professor Venkat Ramaswamy.

The traditional goods-and-services model of business is getting a makeover. Shoe companies, fashion houses — even cement companies — increasingly are engaged with customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders in a quest to co-create value.


Prepare for the unexpected by Jorge Barba

Imagine that you are a pilot and you have to fly through a 5 mile canyon upside down. It’s actually kind of hard to imagine because it’s not something you’re trained to do but it’s something that could happen in a real life situation.


Innovation and Porter’s Value Chain by Jeffrey Phillips via @ralph_ohr

I’m reviewing the relationship between a number of tried and true strategic management models and innovation, to see if those models and concepts hold up under the increasing importance of innovation.


Great Quotes on Open Innovation by Psion by Stefan Lindegaard

I just went through the tweets from our recent Twitter Chat with the executives from Psion and I found some great quotes worth sharing.

Seek Conflicting Views to Improve Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Innovation occurs when we creatively connect ideas in new and novel ways. If we are trying to differentiate ourselves, or our organisation, we need to be able to do this well. One way to approach this is to consciously seek out viewpoints and information that we normally wouldn’t encounter, or which conflict with our normal world view.

There Is One Thing That Is In Common Between Apple And China. Both Are Unstoppable And Locomotives Of Innovation For The Future. By Idris Mootee

It is so fascinating that everywhere I go in China this week, people are trying to sell me the Chinese versions of iPhone, iPad and other iThings that Apple has yet invented.

Sex and Smart Phones by Dan Ariely

Popular online dating site OkCupid recently released some numbers users reported regarding their sex lives. One interesting correlation was between smart phone usage and number of sexual partners. As you see below, women iPhone users (at the age of 30) report having had 12.3 sexual partners, over twice as many as women Android users. Male smart phone users show a similar jump: from 6.0 sexual partners on Android to 10 on the iPhone. Blackberry users fall almost exactly in the middle.

Bad Is Stronger Than Good: Why Good Bosses Eliminate the Negative First by Bob Sutton

Of all the tunes in the Johnny Mercer songbook, the most generally beloved must be “Accentuate the Positive” — whether your favorite cover is Bing Crosby’s, Willie Nelson’s, or someone else’s.

Stories Can Change the World by Saul  Kaplan

“Facts are facts, but stories are who we are, how we learn, and what it all means.”  My friend Alan Webber, Co-founder of Fast Company and author of Rules of Thumb, has it exactly right. 

Have a nice week

This week – Reading Is Fundamental

5 de Setembro de 2010

Reading is Thinking Chart


If a person is not innovative with self, can she be innovative in an organization?  Jorge Barba

Good question posted by @Stevekoss from yesterday’s post: Do companies need less innovation?

The Two-Pronged Approach To Innovation Your Company Needs by Inder Sidhu via Ralph-Ohr

As companies begin to emerge from the Great Recession, organizations that spent the economic downturn innovating seem to be the most optimistic. After all, they’re the ones with new products and services to offer and new markets to pursue.

Stephen Shapiro explains why open innovation is the new paradigm of work by Michelle James and Stephen Shapiro

Interview # 21 in the Creativity in Business Thought Leader Series is with Stephen Shapiro, one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation. Stephen is an author, consultant, speaker, and the Chief Innovation Evangelist for InnoCentive, a pioneer in the burgeoning field of open innovation.


La DaaS, famille d’accueil des données orphelines by bluenove

Pas n’importe lesquels, les citrons de George Akerlof, prix Nobel d’économie en 2001 et professeur à Berkley. Alors que les hippies se dirigent en combi VW vers Woodstock, il peaufine le concept d’asymétrie de l’information en étudiant, justement, le marché des voitures d’occasion.

Open Innovation Requires Visibility by Stefan Lindegaard

I had a meeting with a couple of innovation managers from a Danish company today. We got into a discussion on the open innovation efforts of Danish companies – or should I say the lack thereof.

Work Life Happiness? You Bet by Tony Hsieh

“The customer is always right” was the retailing innovation of Wisconsin-born merchant Harry Gordon Selfridge, who founded Selfridge’s department store in London in 1909.

Watch: Business Innovation Factory and Babson College Entrepreneurship Experience Lab Video Announcement by BIF Business Innovation Factory

Novel platform will focus on illuminating entrepreneur experience and development of new entrepreneur support solutions.


My Ford Touch Driver Interface – Core77 Guest post by Russell Maschmeyer.

On the final afternoon of Adaptive Path’s UX Week, Iain Roberts (Partner and Co-Leader of IDEO Chicago) presented his team’s remarkable work on My Ford Touch, Ford’s new driver interface platform. I sat down with Iain and Gary Braddock (Ford’s Chief Interior Designer) earlier that morning to discuss their research, prototyping, and production process and got a sneak peak at Gary’s Lincoln prototype.

Using Networks to Find Knowledge by John Steen

Last week Ralph Ohr left me with a challenge to think about how to use experts to get the best outcomes on making decisions under conditions of uncertainty. We constantly miss disruptive changes in the operating environment and I suppose if I really knew the answer, I wouldn’t be posting it on a blog.

Enjoy it !

“A Great Source of Inspiration” – Some readings this week!

28 de Agosto de 2010

What do you think about this…?


Dissonant Design by Stuart Hogue

In the Upper East and West Sides, the West Village, and Brooklyn Heights – some of the New York City neighborhoods where well-off new parents reside – Bugaboo strollers are pervasive

Are You Innovation Ready? by Soumitra Dutta via Ralph-Ohr

Collaborative innovation will be key for success in the future. Corporate leaders realise that they need to work collaboratively with their business partners, customers and governments to innovate successfully for the future. Innovation ecosystems that span across public and private sectors and extend to include citizens and societies have to be formed. Collaborative innovation is the name of the game for future success.

Changing the rules of innovation by radically innovating what things mean by Roberto Verganti

The etymology of the word design goes back to the Latin ‘designare’ which means to designate, to give meaning to things… Design is not about styling. It’s not about technology. It’s about radical change in meaning. These are things that people were not asking for, but when they saw them, they fell in love.

Three Ways to Fail at Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Three blog posts that caught my eye this week demonstrate three different ways that you can fail at innovation:

  • Ignore the small innovations: James Todhunter wrote an excellent post yesterday defending thinking about improvements as innovation. You should read the whole post, but here is a highlight:


The Innovation gap between Executives and their teams by Jeffrey Phillips

It strikes me regularly that senior executives of many firms underestimate the insights and abilities of their companies.  I guess that many of us grow up with a backward-looking preference.


Interactions: A Great Source of Inspiration for Thought Leaders by Stefan Lindegaard

Your blog is up and running and you are so ready to share your thoughts and ideas with others. The first blog posts come out nicely as you can simply tap into your notes and mental drawer and write about issues that you have been wondering about for a long time.


In Innovation, Culture Trumps! Learnings from P&G by Deb Mills-Scofield

Quick – what company do you think of when you hear “Open Innovation”? Many think of P&G – they were, and are, at the forefront of Open Innovation (OI) and the results are now case studies at business schools around the world and benchmarks for many.

Innovating your business model by Jorge Barba

Competition in industries is essentially competition between business models. A recent  tweet by @TimKastelle which led to a post about the evolution of the business model concept reminded me of a great creative exercise to help you look at your and other industries dominant business model as a lego kit, which when broken apart can be reconnected like building blocks to create new types of business concepts.

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz

I’ve been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I’m far from the player I wish I were.

Are you looking for some great readings? You just found it!

21 de Agosto de 2010

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Who is an Ethnographer? by Idris Mootee

Ethnography is hot. Many are quick to claim that they do ethnography by observing people. It is like saying anyone who drives a taxi in NY is a screenwriter. Or anyone who knows how to operate a camera can be a photojournalist

Apple iPad and Google Buzz: Harsh Reality of Innovation by Hutch Carpenter

Nothing like putting your heart and soul in an innovation, and then getting this:

Innovation tip – look for remote as well as local opportunities by Paul Sloane

Most businesses look for new opportunities in obvious places, adjacent to their current position. They typically ask two questions:

Innovation Case: Creating A World Class Innovation Unit by Stefan Lindegaard

A global and well-respected company in a fast-growing industry wants to set up a new innovation unit. Their current innovation efforts are technology-driven but there is a growing understanding that innovation efforts need to focus beyond technology and R&D.

The Golden Age of Innovation – Newsweek via Ralph-Ohr

Despite stereotypes of entrepreneurs as fresh-faced youngsters, new research has found that older workers are more likely to innovate than their under-35 counterparts.

Leadership from the Inside Out — Part II by Gary Hamel

In my previous post, I introduced you to Drew Williams. For seven years Drew served as assistant vicar at St. Andrews, an Anglican parish in Chorleywood, England. When he arrived in 2003, Drew found a church that was big but not growing, and a congregation that was loyal but not energized. Mark Stibbe, head vicar at St. Andrews, challenged Drew to develop a plan that would change this.

Watch the disruptors, not the incumbents by by Tom Hulme

If you want to turn a competitor’s advantage into a weakness, start by widening your sources of inspiration

Needs-Based Innovation Reigns Businessweek via Jorge Barba

Companies should adopt an innovation process based on customer needs rather than coming up with “big” ideas and then testing them out. Pro or con?

Ten More Great Free e-Books for Innovators by Tim Kastelle

On Christmas Day last year, I posted a list of ten great free e-books for innovators. Today isn’t as festive, but I have another ten great free e-books that can help you become more innovative. Connecting ideas is the fundamental creative act in innovation, and one of the ways to do this is to read widely in order to gain exposure to a wide variety of ideas. This is a list of great resources that will help you do precisely that.

Have a nice week!