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Featured Innovation Articles


Developing Effective Intellectual Property Partnerships

There are five options for structuring intellectual property partnerships, ranging from licensing to joint ventures.


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.


Mastering the ‘Name Your Product Category’ Game

The ideal window of opportunity to enter a new industry starts when a dominant category label is introduced.


China's Turbo-Charged R&D

Accelerated Innovation: The New Challenge From China

April 23, 2014 | Peter J. Williamson and Eden Yin

Chinese companies are opening up a new front in global competition. It centers on what the authors call accelerated innovation — that is, reengineering research and development and innovation processes to make new product development dramatically faster and less costly. The new emphasis is unlikely to generate stunning technological breakthroughs, but it allows Chinese competitors to reduce the time it takes to bring innovative products and services to mainstream markets. It also represents a different way of deploying Chinese cost and volume advantages in global competition.


Developing Innovative New Products and Services


Innovation Lessons From China

China is becoming the best place to learn how to make ideas commercially viable.


Management Innovation


How Innovative Is Your Company’s Culture?

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


Embrace Your Ignorance

The overconfidence of presumed expertise is counterproductive. Instead, data trumps intuition.


The Dandelion Principle: Redesigning Work for the Innovation Economy

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


Amoeba Management: Lessons From Japan’s Kyocera

Kyocera Corp.'s distinctive management system seeks profitable growth by extreme decentralization.

Innovation Competitions

Spurring Innovation Through Competitions

September 17, 2013 | By Alan MacCormack, Fiona Murray and Erika Wagner

Rather than seeking in-house solutions to problems, companies are increasingly turning to contests to generate many diverse ideas. The authors write that companies are finding “that many of the very best ideas lie outside their organizations, in an ecosystem of potential innovators who possess wide-ranging skills and knowledge.” But the advantages of using competitions to pursue innovation must be set against the potential costs and risks.