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Featured Innovation Articles


Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

Innovation success is the result of a deliberate search using key information signals.


Mastering the Digital Innovation Challenge

Digital innovation can require carefully balancing new capabilities and core competencies.


The Customer-Inventor Revolution

The ways that consumer-users improve product through tinkering has evolved over the past decade.


Report: Using Analytics for Business Innovation

Analytics as a Source of Business Innovation

February 28, 2017 | Sam Ransbotham and David Kiron

The 2017 Data & Analytics Report by MIT Sloan Management Review finds that the percentage of companies deriving competitive advantage from analytics increased for the first time in four years. Incorporating survey results and interviews with practitioners and scholars, the report finds that companies’ increasing ability to innovate with analytics is driving a resurgence of strategic benefits from analytics across industries. The report is based, in part, on MIT SMR’s seventh annual data and analytics global survey, which includes responses from 2,602 business executives, managers, and analytics professionals from organizations located around the world.

Developing New Products and Services


Which Features Increase Customer Retention?

Product features designed to attract new customers differ from features that retain customers.


Designing and Developing Analytics-Based Data Products

The information economy is giving way to an economy focused on analytics-based data products.


Finding a Lower-Risk Path to High-Impact Innovations

High-impact innovations have built-in uncertainty — but careful strategizing can reduce the risk.


R&D, Meet E&S (Experiment & Scale)

Frontiers |

Fast, iterative “virtual research centers” are edging out traditional approaches to R&D.

Is 3-D Printing the Future of Manufacturing?

Getting Past the Hype About 3-D Printing

February 2, 2017 | Jaime Bonnín Roca, Parth Vaishnav, Joana Mendonça, and M. Granger Morgan

Despite the promise of additive manufacturing, the authors argue, near-term expectations about how 3-D printing will revolutionize manufacturing are overblown. Much of the technology is still being hammered out, and the authors examine three important myths about additive manufacturing.

Organizing for New Technologies

Responding to disruptive technologies may mean changing your company’s organizational structure.

The Challenge of Disruptive Technology

Companies Brace for Decade of Disruption From AI

AI is expected to be the single most disruptive new capability for companies in the next decade.

How Blockchain Will Change Organizations

Frontiers |

Blockchain technology offers a way to transfer not just information, but value.