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New director of research John Kelly had to refocus the company's R&D without alienating scientists. The solution? Collaboration and diversification
Kelly won over his R&D team by taking the time to meet his scientists and encouraging all to speak up, says consultant Charles Warner
"Overseeing an opinionated group of experts is no easy task, but Kelly showed an admirable willingness to engage with his R&D scientists, coupled with a sense of steeliness that IBM will need to thrive."
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Amazon.com's founder discusses his approach to innovation—both how to do it and how to stay focused when critics question high-risk projects
How we compiled our list of the World's Most Innovative Companies
How GE Healthcare engineers combined technology and creativity to develop the MAC 400, a portable ECG machine suitable for the Indian market
The WiiWare Channel will feature games created by independent developers. It's win-win for both Nintendo and game designers
As the computer giant cuts its number of major research projects, its labs director explains the attempt to marry the grant-writing focus of a university with the entrepreneurial approach of a venture capital firm
BusinessWeek's Bruce Nussbaum chats with BCG's innovation head Jim Andrew about this year's list of the world's most innovative companies
How the Flip—a bare-bones digital camcorder—grew from a simple idea to a contender among giants like Sony
GM's macho tank, the Hummer, is evolving into a smaller, higher-mileage SUV even Moms can love
Check out our list of the latest books, Web sites, and data visualization methods that can help spark innovation
Encouraging staff to work in groups can foster creativity, sharing of expertise, and greater efficiencies
In an in-depth interview, Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley outlines how innovation is at the heart of the consumer goods giant
Without a fully funded, federal alternative energy policy, the U.S. risks squandering its potential—and will continue to depend on foreign energy resources