Featured Innovation Articles


Finding a Lower-Risk Path to High-Impact Innovations

High-impact innovations have built-in uncertainty — but careful strategizing can reduce the risk.


Learning the Art of Business Improvisation

There are positive correlations between improvisation in product development and team performance.


Using Artificial Intelligence to Humanize Management and Set Information Free

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We are on the cusp of a major breakthrough in how organizations collect, analyze, and act on knowledge.


Is There A Better Way to Manage R&D?

R&D, Meet E&S (Experiment & Scale)

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May 11, 2016 | Michael Schrage

Fast, iterative “virtual research centers,” where hypotheses are tested and improved before they are scaled into new products, are edging out traditional R&D approaches.

Creativity and Idea Generation

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Innovation starts with great ideas. Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about the idea-generation process is provided courtesy of PwC.


The Discipline of Creativity

Managers can’t afford to rely on haphazard, hit-or-miss approaches to idea generation.

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Is Your Company Choosing the Best Innovation Ideas?

Generating good innovation proposals from within the ranks of the organization is only the beginning. The more difficult part is creating a selection process that identifies which ideas to implement.


Looking Outside for Innovative Ideas


Improving Analytics Capabilities Through Crowdsourcing

Open-innovation platforms, used thoughtfully, can expand a company’s access to analytics talent.


Finding the Right Role for Social Media in Innovation

Social media provides a game-changing opportunity to support innovation and new product development.


Using Open Innovation to Identify the Best Ideas

Which parts of your innovation processes should you open up to the wider world?


How to Network Your Way to New Product Ideas

What if traditional views of the innovation process are flawed? Thoughts from MIT’s Eric von Hippel.


Succeeding — With Customers’ Input


Why Great New Products Fail

Companies often don’t focus enough on understanding how customers decide what to purchase.


When Customers Become Fans

Smartphone maker Xiaomi cultivates user pride through user-centered and open innovation.


Collaborating With Customer Communities: Lessons From the Lego Group

For the Lego Group, a close bond with user communities is not a pipe dream but a reality.


What You Can Learn From Your Customer’s Customer

Getting ideas from customers is a norm; some companies get ideas from customers’ customers, too.

New Ways to Manage Your Workforce


Are You Using All Your Resources?

More Companies Are Cashing In on Underused Resources

May 30, 2015 | MIT Sloan Management Review

Companies can participate in “collaborative consumption” through creative new approaches to defining and reusing their resources. So write Kurt Matzler, Viktoria Veider and Wolfgang Kathan, all of University of Innsbruck. For instance, LiquidSpace, based in Palo Alto, California, connects organizations that have unused office space with temporarily renters. It has been called the “Airbnb of work spaces” and is extending the idea of sharing unused capacities to companies that aren’t totally built around the collaborative model.