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The Opportunity Paradox

How can managers best meet the challenge of capturing new growth opportunities?

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The Surprising Effectiveness of “Assembly Line” Innovation

Unconventional approaches to innovation are speeding up new product development, making R&D faster and cheaper.

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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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Making the Unfamiliar Familiar

How to Use Analogies to Introduce New Ideas

December 18, 2012 | Christopher B. Bingham and Steven J. Kahl

While change and innovation clearly produce much of the turbulence that besets modern businesses, research suggests that change itself is not the culprit, but rather how organizations perceive and cope with change. Both people and organizations rely on analogies to help them comprehend change, including the meaning and potential of new technologies, systems and processes. But do all analogies function in the same way? How strongly should organizations adhere to their chosen analogies?

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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.