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How Do You Deal With Digital Transformation?

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Dec 13, 2016 1:49:10 PM

Are you exploring digital transformation? Even if you're not, your company certainly is. DT is going to hit us all, you can't bail out of this one. The only choice companies have is to either complain about the difficulties and challenges that this historic change will impose on them, or - to embrace the opportunitites! 

Whatever the decision looks like, innovation initiatives are fighting on the forefront of this transformation. Thankfully, innovation managers can rely on plenty of research papers by leading analysts. Paul Hobcraft has worked through 140 reports from the last year or so, picked 14 of the best, and presented a deep dive on their findings.

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Topics: Disruption, Digital Innovation, Change Management, Innovation Strategy

8 Principles of The Innovator’s Solution

Posted by Tim Woods on Apr 10, 2016 9:37:20 PM

The Innovator’s Dilemma gets more of the headlines, but the follow-up book by Clayton Christensen, The Innovator’s Solution, is a far more useful piece of work. The Innovator’s Solution starts out by describing the ‘dilemma’, and in one chapter removes the need to even read the original work. It then proceeds to offer an array of approaches to handling disruptive innovation in large organizations. In the following post, we’ll look at 8 of the valuable principles Christensen highlights. For a recap of Christensen's disruptive innovation theory, see previous post here.

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Topics: Disruption

The Innovator’s Dilemma: Narrow Theory, Widely Applied

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 31, 2016 10:05:19 AM

It’s been nearly twenty years since the publication of The Innovator’s Dilemma, the go-to book for the disruptive generation. The Economist named it as one of the six most important business books of all time. However, the term ‘disruptive innovation’ has been hijacked and used in all sorts of ways which certainly do not fit the original theory put out by Christensen. It’s worth looking again at what the theory actually entails, particularly for those that haven't read the original work; then look at some criticisms and whether the term 'disruptive innovation' should remain inherently linked to Christensen’s original idea.

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Topics: Disruption, Frameworks

Is Imitation More Valuable Than Innovation?

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Oct 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

What do the Playboy Magazine’s beginnings, Swarovski’s Stardust collection, and a select range of Apple Stoers – not stores, the typo is deliberate - in Kūnmíng, China have in common? They have all found their glory in some more or less accepted form of innovation by copying/imitation.

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Topics: Disruption

Four future innovations to get excited about

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 1, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Ever heard of the Doomsday Clock? It’s a symbolic timepiece that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with (innovative) technologies of our own making. According to recent estimates, man-made pandemics, cyber warfare, killer robots, number of nuclear warheads per capita, sea level rises and the horrendous piling of non-necessities thanks to e-commerce (same principle as the sea level rise except it occurs in your garage) have brought us no less than three minutes to midnight. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, an optimistic bunch, you will agree, the clock is both appreciated and ridiculed around the world. In the words of Scott Brown at WIRED, “As meme, metaphor, and instrument of civic awareness, the Doomsday Clock is unmatched”.

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Disruption

Innovation pathways - a way to map out your strategy

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on May 25, 2015 7:33:00 PM

I found time last Saturday to sit down and listen to the discussion that occurred between Haydn Shaughnessy and Colin Nelson recently, on the Hype webinar “How Companies Address the Disruption Challenge and thoroughly enjoyed it

There I was penning my notes as they discussed between them their different views on how they saw this world where disruption is becoming part of our daily lives. I took a lot of ‘takeaways’ from it and I’d encourage you to find the time to listen to it. Also it prompted me to register and download Haydn’s White Paper written for Hype entitled “How companies address the disruption challenge

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Topics: Disruption

Disruption - A Current Disease or the Way of Future Life?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Mar 23, 2015 2:02:45 PM

I wanted to depart from just focusing on innovation within this post. It is getting at me. I continue to read similar entreaties, it seems almost daily. Is this a symptom of a current malignancy or something that is going to be part of our future business lives?

We are extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does. The constant threat of both known and unknown competitors could simply attack tomorrow. It is in our ‘complacency’ that we will be reduced down and lose our competitive advantages, even face extinction.

There is so much disruptive power being harnessed that we are all facing an exponentially more complex and challenging environment. Are you buying into this story of doom and fear?

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Pace of Change, Innovation Education, Disruption

Innovation dilemmas of the future

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Mar 11, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Every now and then I look back to understand how the world thought of new innovations. I see some unexpected failures, which no one had expected. I, for one, did not anyhow. Think of Google Glass. Where are the hordes of people walking around with this sophisticated pair of glasses on their nose? They are nowhere to be found, as the device meets a strongly negative reaction from the audience. Consumers fear that their privacy will be violated by others. What does this mean for the year ahead? Forget for a moment the calibrated success stories of smart watches or life-prolonging wonder drug C60 that shook the medical world, but look at the innovation dilemmas that are coming our way. For there is the greatest uncertainty.

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Topics: Social Trends, Disruption

Using the Three Horizons Framework for Innovation

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jan 27, 2015 11:36:42 AM

We so often struggle to articulate our innovation activity and then can’t project our plans into the future in consistent and coherent ways. If this rings true of the innovation activity in your organization, then it is in danger of being seen as isolated, one-off events, that fail to link to your organizational strategy. Furthermore you’ll be missing out, or not capitalizing on emerging trends and insights where fresh growth opportunities reside.

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Topics: Strategy, Disruption, Tools

Peter Thiel’s 7 Questions for Product Innovation

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 12, 2015 8:30:00 AM

In his book Zero to One, Peter Thiel looks at why the cleantech industry crashed, and believes that most cleantech companies failed to adequately answer one or more of seven fundamental questions about their business. Although these questions are primarily for businesses as a whole - and in particular technology startups - they are equally applicable for new product innovations. It’s worth asking if your pipeline of innovations can adequately respond to them.

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Disruption

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