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Can social media teach us about collaboration?

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Mar 24, 2015 6:18:03 PM

Social media is such a great tool. Don’t you agree? Only a few decades ago people were supposed to wait for days (best case scenario) in order to get in touch with someone. And nowadays, every person you desire to get in contact with is pretty much a fingertip away!

Indeed, social media has brought us closer together with friends and family, and also as humans. It fosters dialogues and enables us to build relationships, learn from each other and sets the stage for networking and creating new connections.

It’s safe to say that social media helps us collaborate, too. Collaboration has always been an important element in driving [human] progress. Throughout history breakthrough ideas have become reality not only because of the bright, innovative minds of impactful scientists and entrepreneurs, but also because of the enthusiastic, skilled and hard-working people that collaborated to bring those concepts to life. It is about creating the right context and pulling in smart people. It sounds a lot like what social media platforms do, right?

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Topics: Social Business, Collaboration

Social media for innovation managers

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on May 1, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Some days I’m struck by one singular problem in innovation management: It is too concerned with the mechanics of the innovation process and not enough with the tectonic shifts taking place in the economy, shifts that really provide varied contexts for the types of new product that are suitable for the market. 

The problems an innovation manager has to address can rarely be confined to the new product. It has to be about the market, anyway. Increasingly it is really about: How do I use this project to add momentum to the company’s transformation? Or the opposite: How do I situate this project in the long term changes we are working with?

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Topics: Social Business

Fostering Hubs of Creativity: Big Cities and Online Communities

Posted by Tim Woods on Feb 27, 2014 10:15:23 PM

The Winter 2014 special edition of Scientific American Mind is a treasure trove of insights on creativity. From why creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us, to how serious play makes us better adjusted, smarter, and less stressed. In particular though, several articles caught my attention in relation to innovation management and the practice of building an online community.

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Topics: Innovation Programs, Social Business, Creativity

Knowledge management? Think innovation management

Posted by Christoph Sohn on Feb 19, 2014 9:16:00 AM

Earlier this month HYPE held its Regional Forum in Munich - covering the area of Southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The day-long event was hosted by HYPE customer Nokia Solutions and Networks. The purpose of HYPE Regional Forums is to bring together local innovation management experts from a particular region to exchange experiences and expertise around their innovation programs.

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Topics: Best Practice, Social Business

The 3 Laws of Humor in Social Media

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Feb 18, 2014 12:37:00 PM

There is a saying that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. Why do we not incorporate such thinking into business? For one, we can save energy, which can be distributed in better ways, and two, there is increasing benefit to being in good spirits.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Social Business, Humor

The 3 Laws of Humor in Collaboration

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Feb 18, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Let’s face it; organizations undergo unavoidable rituals including reorganizations, layoffs, cost cutting and change of CEO. Behavioral economics theories help explain our disappointment as loss avoidance theory: a certain loss feels worse than that of an equal gain. As a result, we naturally tend to forget some of those positive business rituals including bonuses, company lunches and team-building events. However, as times are changing – and they are not getting any more luxurious – companies have to adapt, and it is probably better to go through it together and keep a positive attitude.

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Topics: Social Trends, Innovation Culture, Social Business, Humor

Can Innovation Management add to Social’s ROI?

Posted by Dirk Räbiger on Feb 4, 2014 11:32:04 AM

Is your social community alive? Or has the social business tool - that your company introduced two years ago - turned into an abandoned repository? For a few years now we've heared the mantra that companies need to transform their communication strategy towards social business. However, although repeating the mantra over and over, many companies fail to establish a sustainable adoption of the social software of their choice.

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Topics: Social Business

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