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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.


Which Rules Are Worth Breaking?

Disrupting the status quo is often valuable, but taken too far, it can lead to ethical crises.


Why Design Thinking in Business Needs a Rethink

Design thinking needs better alignment with the dynamics of established businesses.


Key Insights on Innovation

12 Essential Innovation Insights

September 12, 2017 | Bruce Posner and Martha E. Mangelsdorf

Innovation is an ongoing challenge for managers — so MIT SMR has combed through the archives to find 12 essential innovation insights, looking for older articles that today’s MIT SMR readers might have missed but that still retain wide relevance.

Managing the Innovation Process

Creating Better Innovation Measurement Practices

Finding the right metrics to track innovation is by no means straightforward. To steer clear of common mistakes, executives need a holistic perspective on their company’s innovation process.

Developing Innovative Solutions Through Internal Crowdsourcing

Internal crowdsourcing, which seeks to channel the ideas and expertise of the company’s own employees, allows employees to interact dynamically with coworkers in other locations, propose new ideas, and suggest new directions to management. Because many large companies have pockets of expertise and knowledge scattered across different locations, harnessing the cognitive diversity within organizations can open up rich new sources of innovation.


Technology Innovations in Business


Seeing Beyond the Blockchain Hype

Frontiers |

The transformative potential of blockchain is real, but so are the challenges to its implementation.


Unleashing Creativity With Digital Technology

Frontiers |

Digital technology makes the creative process faster — and cheaper. And that’s great for business.


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.


Partnering for Innovation

Competing Through Joint Innovation

Even as multinationals struggle to make inroads in emerging markets, companies from those markets are finding ways to compete in Europe and the U.S. A case in point is Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, which has used strategic partnerships to gain ground in Europe. Huawei’s overseas expansion closely resembles the strategy the company used to build its position in China: Start at the perimeter and work toward the center.

How to Manage Alliances Strategically

Companies that lack the resources and knowledge to undertake key strategic growth initiatives often seek partners who can fill in the gaps. The skills that make such alliances work, however, aren’t well understood; executives often make flawed assumptions that prevent the partnership from achieving its goals. An integrative, holistic framework for alliance management helps executives avoid these pitfalls and create value via strategic alliances.



Developing an Innovative Culture

How to Catalyze Innovation in Your Organization

June 13, 2017 | Michael Arena, Rob Cross, Jonathan Sims, and Mary Uhl-Bien

The authors’ research suggests that, rather than leaving the development of innovation to serendipity, executives should create collaborative contexts where innovation is likely to emerge from unpredictable pockets of creativity within an organization. By understanding and tapping the power of employee networks, executives can stimulate the creation of these kinds of collaborative environments.

Reinventing Your Business Model