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The City As A Platform

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy

Sep 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Cities and regions have an abundance of options for marking themselves out as innovative. The problem is, most of their tactics are easy to copy and most are part of a trend. The creative cluster, the industrial cluster, the science park, an open data initiative, or the smart city. Glance at an inward investment document and you are likely to see one of these mentioned. In a world that now seems to be hovering between innovation, disruption or demise, cities need to think differently.

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Topics: Social Trends

Questioning internally those product failures

Posted by Paul Hobcraft

Sep 11, 2014 12:58:00 PM

There is a variety of different views on our product failure rates. According to some, the failure rate for new products launched for instance in the grocery sector is 70 to 80 percent in the US. For smaller US food businesses launching new products, the success rate is even lower around 11 percent. These are really high failure rates but is this a myth or reality? How does your organization evaluate product failures? Do you really want to talk about them?

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Topics: Innovation Processes

Harvesting Abundance in the Sharing Economy

Posted by Hutch Carpenter

Sep 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The amateurs are coming! Are you ready?

Over time, we have seen transitions in how goods and services are supplied to buyers. It used to be that you were limited to what you could buy in your local village. With the rise of industrialization and subsequent globalization, choices increased and costs went down. But inevitably, industries saw varying degrees of concentration of market share amongst a few mega firms. With the unfortunate - but understandable - consequence of reducing choices as firms focus on what sells  broadly. 

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Topics: Crowdsourcing

Getting to grips with the business ecosystem

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy

Sep 1, 2014 2:21:17 PM

A lot of business these days relies on evolutionary language – just take a read of Tim Harford’s book Adapt.  I also see Eric Beinhocker’s book “Origins Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics” also being referenced more and more. A small plug too for my own book The Elastic Enterprise, where I acknowledged the evolutionary metaphor as a great way of understanding the new ways that companies scale up their activities in new business ecosystems.

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Topics: Business Transformation, Strategy

What Precisely Does It Take To Be An Innovative Company?

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy

Aug 27, 2014 7:00:00 AM

You may have heard of the Thomson-Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Companies. Or you may have heard of the Boston Consulting Group’s version. Forbes also publishes a similar list as does Fast Company. How relevant are these rankings to customers of HYPE, and members of the broader HYPE community?

My argument is twofold. They are nice to look at. They are interesting to peruse and to name-check. But there is a problem with them – my second point.

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Topics: Research

How Citrix is Facing Up To Disruption

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy

Aug 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

There are good reasons why many companies face disruption. Here is one of them. A few weeks back I was with Ericsson at their Media Executive Summit in Sweden. The infrastructure and services provider supplied a piece of news that stunned me. By 2020 over 4 billion people will join the broadband Internet. They will see moving images on a handheld screen, enjoy user-friendly graphics, download apps and so on. It is incredible to think that 4 billion people have not yet accessed the mobile web (even in countries like India over 90% of the network access is still on 2G). But by 2020 many of these people will be able to view video on mobile screens and participate fully in the Internet.

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Topics: Disruption

Question of the month: Who of your collaboration partners earns the most?

Posted by Jaspar Roos

Aug 22, 2014 7:00:00 AM

As summer is upon us, we start to doze off at work, contemplating sunny beaches, quality time with the family and re-thinking work. Should we quit, find a new job that we actually like or do something completely different? I would like to offer you some thinking material on one of the taboos very likely present in your organization. An Organizational Monetary Perplexity Syndrome…;-), or in layman’s terms…this is what your co-worker is paid… 

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Topics: Humor

Is There a New Innovator’s Dilemma?

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy

Aug 21, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Senior executives live by the idea of disruption. It keeps them awake at night. Nobody wants to be the next Kodak or Nokia. So the very idea of disruption risk gets the attention of decision makers. Why then is the speed of innovation not a C level discussion, every day?

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Topics: Disruption

The Greatest Idea Campaign Ever Run

Posted by Tim Woods

Aug 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Since joining the industry in 2001, I've seen a lot of really good idea campaigns. Many have produced breakthrough ideas, from the most unlikely of sources. But I’ve never seen a campaign which changed the course of history. This next example did just that, and might be the best idea campaign ever run.

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Topics: Crowdsourcing, Radical Innovation

Your Company Needs a Disruption Map

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy

Aug 19, 2014 11:22:02 AM

For some time now we’ve talked about the enterprise as more porous or externalised. In other words, the enterprise can no longer be as self-contained as it traditionally has been.

Open innovation is an example of that – it thrives on the more open set of relationships that firms now seek out. Openness has a reciprocal feature – information, who acquires it from you and who you get it from.

Innovators tend to think of open innovation as an achievement, as an objective, a place to get to. It might be but, really, who does it systematically and repeatably? In other words where is it a process?

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Topics: Business Transformation, Disruption

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