Innovation, Strategy

HBR: How Likely Is Your Industry to Be Disrupted? This 2×2 Matrix Will Tell You

Thought-provoking strategy piece on HBR.org is worth a read. Some highlights: To help business leaders better understand industry disruption, we developed an index that measures an industry’s current level of disruption as well as its susceptibility to future disruption. For the former, we examined the presence and market penetration of disruptor companies; we also considered […]

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Economics, Innovation, Technology

Are We Running Out of Innovation?

I come across a lot of interesting writing in my work, but I have to note that one of the most thought-provoking scholarly pieces I have read recently is the working paper published earlier this year by Nicholas Bloom, Charles I. Jones, Michael Webb (all Stanford) and John Van Reenen (MIT). Their paper is entitled, Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find?, and both the question they pose […]

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Finance, Innovation, Strategy

Innovation In Action Series #4: The Innovation Value Model

In past posts in this series I addressed briefly some of the most critical issues corporates should think about when starting an external innovation effort that will focus on startups. In this last post, I address the issue of value creation, which is perhaps the least understood and least defined aspect of most corporate venturing projects at their outset. […]

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Economics, Innovation

Innovation In Action Series #3: The Innovation Engagement Model

In the first post in this series, I discussed the importance of having a well-defined innovation agenda. The second post discussed the impact of intellectual property on innovation. In this third post, I will discuss another often-overlooked dimension of innovation. I’ll start my discussion by recapping a call I received from a senior executive in the U.K. to discuss an innovation […]

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Innovation, Strategy

Innovation In Action Series #1: Setting The Innovation Agenda

In my work, I am involved in many discussions with executives on the topic of open innovation in a corporate environment. Across those discussions, certain themes have emerged that highlight to me the different challenges that corporate innovators face from those facing startup leaders. I have also noted that while a lot of articles are aimed at those innovating within […]

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