Featured Innovation Articles
What’s happening this week at the intersection of management and technology.
Fast, iterative “virtual research centers” are edging out traditional approaches to R&D.
The blinders and focus that work well to optimize the details of a problem may prevent managers from seeing other options.
April 5, 2016 | Kristin Darby (Cancer Treatment Centers of America), interviewed by Gerald C. Kane
Kristin Darby, CIO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, is keenly aware of the impact of digital technology on patient care. “We crave constructive disruption, so we are always challenging ourselves with the question, ‘how can technology positively impact our patients?’ If there’s value for the patient, we’re interested and we dig deeper.” Darby is interviewed by Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane, associate professor of information systems at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a guest editor for MIT SMR.
Savvy executives know that they need to look for innovative ideas outside of their organizations as well as within it. Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about working with outside innovation is provided courtesy of PwC.
Eric von Hippel et al.
Consumers generate massive amounts of product innovation — which has significant implications for new product development.
Kevin J. Boudreau and Karim R. Lakhani
Should external innovators be organized in collaborative communities or competitive markets? The answer depends on three crucial issues.
Yun Mi Antorini et al.
For the Lego Group, a close bond with user communities is not a pipe dream but a reality.
Innovating for a Sustainable Future
Companies from Apple to Unilever employ life-cycle assessment in their sustainability work and reap hidden benefits.
Jason Jay et al.
A diverse network of stakeholders will help advance an SOI process aimed at solving public problems.
Jason Jay et al.
Businesses see the value of sustainability-oriented innovation but face barriers that make the transition difficult.
Andy Wales (SABMiller), interviewed by Hannah Clark Steiman
How South African brewer SABMiller changed its water practices to make its beer more sustainable.
The new frontier of ultra sustainable manufacturing: solar-powered 3D printing.
Gerhard Kress and Bruce Posner
Industry expert Gerhard Kress discusses how the transportation industry is capitalizing on the opportunities that Internet of Things data offers.
Our biweekly exploration of new business ideas from the corridors of MIT.
Business Model Innovation
Kristian J. Sund et al.
Staying competitive may mean exploring new business models — but watch out for internal tensions.
MIT Sloan Management Review
Companies can participate in “collaborative consumption” through creative new approaches to defining and reusing their resources.
Peter Weill and Stephanie L. Woerner
To prepare for digital disruption, companies need to consider which of four business models to adapt.
The Changing Urban Landscape
May 19, 2016 | Michael Fitzgerald
Many major cities recognize the opportunity to improve urban life with data analytics, and are exploring how to use information technologies to develop smarter services and a more sustainable footprint. Amsterdam, which has been working toward becoming a “smart city” for almost 7 years, offers insights into the complexities facing city managers who see the opportunity with data, but must collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders to achieve their goals. The city’s chief technology officer, Ger Baron, makes it clear that their efforts are still early days: “I can give you the nice stories that we’re doing great stuff with data and information, but we’re very much at a starting point,” he says.