Posts Categorized: Innovation

The adaptive organisation

Continuing from the post: Adapting … The adaptive organisation is the second-last chapter of Adapt: Why success always starts with failure, followed by Adapting and you. In the final chapters, Tim Harford examines how groups and individuals can strive to adapt, and here are some highlights. “So let’s first acknowledge a crucial difference: individuals, unlike… Read more »

Innovation through network learning

Innovation I’ve really appreciated the many posts where Tim Kastelle and I have connected by sharing ideas. Tim says that innovation is the process of idea management, which makes sense to me. Andrew Hargadon expands on this: In short, innovation is about connecting, not inventing. No idea will make a difference without building around it the… Read more »

Enabling Innovation Facing Global Dilemmas

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week. Quote of the Week: bhsprincipal Patrick Larkin “If I am an effective leader then I have set up a system that is not dependent on me.” via @gcouros #cpchat — I’m currently in Berlin attending a working meeting of the International Monitoring… Read more »

Open Innovation

The most interesting presentation at last week’s ACCTCanada Directors Forum was, in my opinion, on open innovation by Angus Livingstone, UILO at UBC. Much of the discussion by other presenters focused on patents and other control mechanisms, while Angus showed the shifting paradigms that we are experiencing in university knowledge transfer. He explained that the… Read more »

Flipping the technology transfer funnel

In The Learning Layer , the concept of reversing the idea funnel is discussed in depth. Traditional innovation processes take many ideas, and through elimination, narrow these down to a few. Flipping the funnel reverses this by breaking ideas into capability components and building on them. Most business ideas are a bundle of two or… Read more »

Bridging innovation and commercialization

Events during the past week have re-focused my attention on research, innovation and commercialization, especially as it pertains to learning technologies. I was engaged for my second time as the Scientific & Technical Evaluator for the SynergiC3 project, on behalf of the funding agency: The main objective of the SynergiC3 project [a joint venture between… Read more »

Innovation and Learning

In Innovating in the Great Disruption, Scott Anthony suggests three disciplines necessary to foster innovation in difficult economic times – placing a premium on progress; mastering paradox; and learning to love the low end. He also discusses the importance of learning; Innovators will need to continue to find creative, cheap ways to bring their ideas… Read more »

Spiders and Starfish

Reading The Starfish and the Spider only took one day [resting with a cold] and it’s an illuminating book. Spider organizations are those with centralized control and if you cut off the head, the rest will die. In starfish organizations, cutting off one leg will not kill it, because intelligence is distributed throughout the organism…. Read more »

Process improvement is bad for innovation

I’ve had this feeling for a while and now there is evidence that process improvement, like Six Sigma, stifles innovation. Oligopoly Watch feels that, “The management moves that cheer stockholders and financial analysts, when taken too far, can lead to the long-term decline of the company in question.” Their article today reports that Six Sigma… Read more »