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How Procter & Gamble Uses External Ideas For Internal Innovation

Procter & Gamble’s open innovation program nurtures collaboration with individuals and companies globally.

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Accelerated Innovation: The New Challenge From China

Chinese companies are reengineering new product development in ways that reduce lead times.

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The Dandelion Principle: Redesigning Work for the Innovation Economy

People who are “different,” behaviorally or neurologically, can add significant value to companies.

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China, a Place to Learn

Innovation Lessons From China

June 17, 2014 | Edward S. Steinfeld and Troels Beltoft

China is becoming the best place to learn how to make ideas commercially viable, even as many multinational companies are growing increasingly wary of doing business there because of concerns about unfair competition and theft of intellectual property. Chinese companies excel at cost reduction, accelerated product development and networked production — and know how to assess what they can do and quickly find partners to fill the gaps.

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Management Innovation

Most executives spend a reasonable amount of time thinking about the business model for their organization. But how much time do they spend considering the company’s management model? These articles look at ways to challenge the management norm.

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The 5 Myths of Innovation

Increasingly, innovation is being applied to the development of new service offerings, business models, pricing plans and management practices.

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Toyota’s Secret: The A3 Report

How does Toyota solve problems, create plans, and get new things done? Company managers credit a tool called the A3.

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Rethinking Management

In his book “Reinventing Management,” Julian Birkinshaw urges businesspeople to give more thought to management models.

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Encouraging Innovation Within Your Organization

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Experiments in Open Innovation at Harvard Medical School

Open innovation was used in diabetes research to bring greater openness into every stage of research.

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Creating Employee Networks That Deliver Open Innovation

The key to open innovation? Ensuring outside ideas reach the people best equipped to exploit them.

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How Innovative Is Your Company’s Culture?

A new assessment tool can help executives pinpoint a company’s innovation strengths and weaknesses.

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Bridging the Gap Between Stewards and Creators

When conflicts aren’t managed well, a company’s ability to innovate may be at risk.