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Archives: December 2009

Introducing the Open Innovation 100

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 30

A recent post entitled "Is Open Innovation Over?" attracted a fair bit of attention on this blog. My colleague Michael Arndt, reporting from the Open Innovation Summit in Florida, chatted...

Come on, designers. Step up

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 28

Recently, a two-page article in the Times of London caught my eye. Not because its thesis was staggeringly original, but rather because it made my blood boil. Here's the gist:...

Cisco's Patent Strategy: It's More Than Numbers

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 21

So innovation—at least as measured by patents—seems to fading in the U.S. As I wrote here in the current issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, patent applications fell in the year ended...

The Power of Positive Deviance

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 17

The concept of positive deviance is credited to Tufts University professor Marian Zeitlin, who documented the existence of "positive deviant" children in poor communities in the 1990s. These were kids...

Is Open Innovation Over?

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 09

Just as many of the world's biggest companies are embracing open innovation, along comes James Todhunter, chief technology officer of software provider Invention Machine, to say it's becoming yesterday's idea....

Innovation speak: A load of gobbledygook

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 08

Last night the Plain English Campaign award ceremony was held in London. The 30th time these gongs have been doled out, individual prizes include "Golden Bull" awards, "for the worst...

Cisco's Failures in Corporate Alliances

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 04

One of the truisms in innovation is that it’s OK to fail—most ideas never become a real-life product or service. Yet few executives are willing to fess up to their...

Open Innovation's Secret: It Takes a Crisis

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 03

As I was chairing the first day of the Open Innovation Summit today, I was struck by something that many speakers acknowledged: Their companies converted to open innovation—relying on outsiders...

Designing the Future of Innovation Coverage

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 01

You know the saying: when one door closes, another opens. And a new, exciting era for business coverage is about to begin. How will you, as a reader in the...


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