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Open innovation, innovation management & culture and the people side of innovation

During the CoDev 2014 conference, I attended a morning session hosted by InnoCentive. The title was “Engaging the Crowd with Custom Challenge Programs” and the panelists included Lisa Inoue (Dow Chemical), Kiko Suarez (Lumina Foundation) and Siobhan Gomis (InnoCentive). I do not have high expectations for panels, but this one actually turned out to be quite interesting and I managed to tweet some good quotes and insights that I would like to share with you. Here we go: 1. Why go public w crowdsourcing?

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15 Examples of Open Innovation between Big Companies and Startups Open innovation is a strategic game for big companies and one of the most important moves to consider for their innovation leaders is the allocation of focus and resources in the context of open innovation. Here we need to consider that big companies like GE, Cisco or Microsoft tend to have 8-12 different value pools (think suppliers, startups, customers or universities) to consider for their open innovation efforts. The challenge is that even companies that are good at open innovation only seems to be able to handle 3-4 value pools properly at the same time. I have no doubt that the value pool of start-ups and entrepreneurs is highly relevant value pool for most big companies and there are lots of initiatives that underscore my reflections.

How Do You Create A Culture Of Innovation? This is the third part in a series by Scott Anthony, author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation. It sounds so seductive: a “culture of innovation.” The three words immediately conjure up images of innovation savants like 3M, Pixar, Apple, and Google--the sorts of places where innovation isn’t an unnatural act, but part of the very fabric of a company. It seems a panacea to many companies that struggle with innovation. But what exactly is a culture of innovation, and how does a company build it?

7 Steps for Open Innovation by @Lindegaard: Grading Your Company’s Open Innovation Capabilities I am happy to give you access to the PowerPoint presentation deck for my new concept, which I might turn into an open source project (see more below). The premise for the 7 Steps for Open Innovation tool is that if a company is not already fully engaged with open innovation efforts, it is way behind. This is evident by looking at the number of companies around the globe that today embrace the use of external partners and input into their innovation efforts. But even though companies continuously launch new initiatives designed to help them leverage the power of outside knowledge and resources to drive innovation forward, there is a sense within these companies that they can do better and take this new innovation paradigm to an even higher level. They are also eager to get external perspective to make sure they are maximizing results by using best practices in all aspects of their open innovation efforts.

Interplay of generic dimensions "union of international associations" 3rd June 2007 | Draft Interplay of generic dimensions of any "union of international associations" Development of the argument in Dynamic Reframing of "Union": implications for the coherence of knowledge, social organization and personal identity (2007) Commentary The following table is a (very tentative) exercise in generalizing the significance of "union", "international" and "associations". The upper portion of the table highlights "union" as emergent identity, "inter-" as indicative of a generic form of bonding across boundaries, with "associations" as the content of what might be potentially interrelated by the previous two.

New Company Ownership = The need for New roles and New Strategy The Growth Drivers – Executives with Strategy Alignment Key roles in a company under new ownership When all the right pieces of an executive team for a growth oriented company are put together and integrated with a strategic play book, it is very strong asset that a company needs to raise the possibility of success.

Flourishing as a Goal of International Policy The discipline of positive psychology studies what free people choose when they are not oppressed. I call these desiderata the elements of “well-being,” and when an individual or nation has them in abundance I say it is “flourishing.” Governments continue to organize their politics and economics around the relief of suffering, and I cannot confidently predict that the planet’s future will be bright with nonoppressed peoples freely choosing the elements of well-being. But if there is to be a “positive human future,” and not just a “nonnegative human future,” it is necessary to discover what the elements of well-being are and how to build them. Well-being has five measurable elements that count toward it:

Capability Maturity Model Integration Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process improvement training and appraisal program and service administered and marketed by Carnegie Mellon University and required by many DOD and U.S. Government contracts, especially software development. Carnegie Mellon University claims CMMI can be used to guide process improvement across a project, division, or an entire organization. Under the CMMI methodology, processes are rated according to their maturity levels, which are defined as: Initial, Repeatable, Defined, Quantitatively Managed, Optimizing.

A Beginner's Guide to Mind Mapping Meetings Mind Map is for sure a great tool, but there are some rules you have to know, otherwise it will work not as well as it could for you. Never use a template! Because this template will force you to have ideas. Make new branches when they come up in your mind.