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A new look at older technologies

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Conventional wisdom has it that companies whose markets are being transformed by disruptive new technologies need to figure out how to switch to the new dominant technology. But two researchers argue that an alternative strategy –one that involves rethinking opportunities for the old technology — can sometimes make sense.

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Too little U.S. innovation?

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BusinessWeek chief economist Michael Mandel makes a case in the current issue of BusinessWeek that the U.S. economy has experienced an "innovation shortfall" in the last decade -- with successful commercialization of technological innovations slower to materialize than expected. The result, he suggests is an American economy that was weaker than it appeared.

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Innovation through volunteers

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We’re all familiar with the power of volunteer contributions in the open source software movement. Now companies are finding additional ways to work with volunteer contributors.

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Learning from innovation

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New research offers insights into the factors that affect how much an organization learns from its innovation activities.

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The open-source hardware trend

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Technology Review  has published an interesting article about the increasing popularity of open-source hardware — and its use by companies ranging from Nokia to start-up Chumby.

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Motivated to innovate

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Looking to spark innovation in your R&D workforce? Look for employees who are motivated by intellectual challenges — but not by job security.

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Winners of Cisco’s innovation contest announced

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Cisco yesterday announced the winner of its first global innovation contest, the I-prize. More than 2,500 contestants from more than 100 countries competed for prize money — by submitting ideas that could potentially form new billion-dollar businesses for Cisco.

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Is it a good time to start a business?

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The economic news of the last few weeks has been grim. But things may not necessarily be so bad in the start-up sector. Opines venture capitalist Carl Weissman in a recent posting on Xconomy, "The investments that I am making...a

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Open source…prosthetics?

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First there was open source software. Now, Scientific American reports, there's an open source prosthetics community working on better artificial hands and arms. The reason? In the United States, the number of amputees missing an arm or hand is too small to justify a lot of commercial research and development.

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Using analogies to develop new products: What if a locomotive was like a Lego construction?

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A fascinating recent article from Fortune describes how Bombardier, a Canadian company that makes trains and airplanes, has developed a locomotive that solves a key problem that has held back rail logistics in Europe: Dealing with the wide variety of rail systems, specific to different countries, that cover Europe ” and that have slowed freight trains' progress across the

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What Was Obvious No Longer Is

U.S. patent law says that you can’t patent an invention that is “obvious.” However, in the 2007 case KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. et. al., the Supreme Court raised the standard for showing that an invention is not obvious and is therefore worthy of a patent.

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Designing the Right Product Offerings

Companies create product versions from multiple components. The big challenge is how to take the available components and combine them into the product versions and product lines that will maximize profits.

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