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Featured Innovation Articles


How Useful Is the Theory of Disruptive Innovation?

How well does Clayton M. Christensen’s theory describe what actually transpires in business?


How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas

There's a link between the amount of diversity in employees’ Twitter networks and the quality of their ideas.


The Art of Managing Complex Collaborations

Biomarkers Consortium, a public-private partnership in the health industry, presents five lessons in managing collaboration.


The New Innovation Paradigm

The Age of the Consumer-Innovator

September 21, 2011 | Eric von Hippel, Susumu Ogawa and Jeroen P.J. de Jong

It has long been assumed that companies develop products for consumers, while consumers are passive recipients. However, this paradigm is flawed, because consumers are a major source of product innovations. This article suggests a new innovation paradigm, in which consumers and users play a central and active role in developing products. The article also summarizes key findings from studies on consumer product innovation conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan.

The Innovative Organization

Open access brought to you by PwC-90

How well does your company foster innovation? Open access to these three popular MIT Sloan Management Review articles that offer insights on becoming a more innovative organization is provided courtesy of PwC.


The 5 Myths of Innovation

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



Making Platforms Work

Many of today’s most successful technology businesses — including Apple, Facebook, and Uber — are built on a platform-based business model. But the platform model is prone to several common pitfalls.


Dethroning an Established Platform

The experiences of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Gmail offer four keys for entering platform markets.


How to Avoid Platform Traps

The increasing popularity of platform strategies masks a difficult truth: They are hard to execute well.


The Power of Geography


What to Know About Locating in a Cluster

Innovation flourishes when companies are geographically close, but knowledge poaching can thrive, too.


Driving Growth and Employment Through Logistics

Logistics clusters create jobs that are difficult to move offshore and lead to economic growth.


All Fired Up in Massachusetts: The State’s New Wave of Big Data Companies

A new wave of analytics-driven companies is making Massachusetts one of the hottest U.S. centers of big data.


Innovation: Location Matters

The external environment for innovation is an important driver, and industrial clusters offer special advantages.

Which Strategy When?

How to Position Your Innovation in the Marketplace

December 19, 2013 | Glen Schmidt and Bo van der Rhee

Should a new product or service launch at the high end of the market and move downward or at the low end and move up? In truth, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for entering the market, but a new research-based framework helps identify the best strategy for a particular product or service. The two key questions to ask: Is the basic functionality of the new offering better or worse than that of existing competitive products? And how groundbreaking are the novel attributes of the new product?