Featured Innovation Articles


Grow Faster by Changing Your Innovation Narrative

To bolster innovation, use a growth-affirming innovation narrative supported by four proven levers.


The Promise of Targeted Innovation

In the consumer goods industry, small R&D bets often outperform big ones.


Driving Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

Organizations can innovate to address environmental and social problems — but they need to build the right culture.


An Executive Guide to the Winter 2019 Issue

CEOs discussing business model transformation. Innovation that drives sales. Bots as (actually useful) customer service agents. How to charge for the things you used to give away. These are a few of our favorite things in MIT SMR’s Winter issue.

Digital Transformation & Changing Business Models


Innovation Strategy

The Truth About Behavioral Change

November 7, 2018 | Damon Centola

In this article drawn from his new book, How Behavior Spreads, UPenn professor Damon Centola explains how the thinking about social networks is changing. Recent research reveals that depending on long-established concepts such as “weak ties” and “long bridges” to drive the adoption of new innovations and organizational change can be a prescription for failure.

Managing R&D

Breaking Logjams in Knowledge Work

Despite the well-documented costs of overload, many leaders still think organizations thrive under pressure. They have a lot to learn from manufacturing, where managers have adopted a “pull” system to manage task flow, improving productivity and performance. This concept can be used to prevent overload in knowledge work, too. And “visual management” techniques make it easier to apply pull thinking to a portfolio of projects by rendering nonphysical tasks tangible. Two recent changes at the Broad Institute, an MIT-affiliated biomedical and genomic research center, illustrate how.

A Better Way to Bring Science to Market

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New “markets for judgment” like the Creative Destruction Lab are bridging critical gaps between scientific breakthroughs and commercial applications — fueling tech-based entrepreneurship far from Silicon Valley.


What’s Your Innovation Process?

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Building the Right Ecosystem for Innovation

Companies seeking tech alliances to stay competitive may benefit from an adaptive ecosystem model.


Implement First, Ask Questions Later (or Not at All)

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Competitive speed and cheaper apps spell the end to requirements gathering and testing for new tech.


If You Cut Employees Some Slack, Will They Innovate?

Giving people extra time and resources can boost innovation — but only if you match your “slack strategy” to employee type.


Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships With Universities

Companies often struggle to establish and run university partnerships effectively.

Developing Tech Products

Finding Applications for Technologies Beyond the Core Business

Too often, companies with products that have alternative potential markets miss their opportunity: Either they fail to see the possibility of alternative markets, or they simply lack the will to do the necessary groundwork to explore the opportunity. Leveraging existing technology for new uses can be tricky, but the return is greater profit and a revitalized business model.

Why High-Tech Commoditization Is Accelerating

Technology-intensive product manufacturers, automakers, or white goods makers used to be able to capitalize on their longstanding engineering and design leadership to cement their positions. But that’s no longer the case. Today, young upstarts in many product segments, especially from China, can develop world-class design and production capabilities in a short period of time. In some cases, they are closing gaps with long-established incumbents and becoming market leaders within a decade.