How to Design Optimal Work Environments

This six step guest article from Roger Osorio applies innovation, design thinking and lean startup approaches to designing high-performing work environments in organizations.  Optimal working conditions, like many other things in life, depend on the individual needs, team needs, objectives, and resources available. Thinking there is one tool, one way, one method, to solve all…

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Internet of Things for Energy, Utilities, & Smart Connected Homes

Watch the videos, click through the SlideShares, and investigate the top selling smart home devices on Amazon to learn more about the application of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) for smart energy & connected homes. Scroll through to see what interests you and use this innovation toolkit as a catalyst for not only learning and…

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How Co-Innovation will Impact the Marketing Department

Open Innovation up to now Many of the critics of Open Innovation cite the lack of novelty of the notion, as the most important weakness of the idea itself. This is because co-creation, corporate incubation, Joint-Ventures and alliances, even crowdsourcing, are all activities which developed independently – and in some cases much earlier than open…

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How to Become a Successful Intrapreneur Within your Organization

What do the PlayStation, Gmail, and the iPod all have in common? You’d be forgiven for assuming the similarity which ties those everyday products together is that they were all created because of the advanced thinking of some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the world. Sony, Google, and Apple were built on a foundation…

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An Innovation Primer

This guest article by Kenneth H. Smith is from his book Selling Innovation: A guide to structuring a complete start-up revenue capture process. Insight and Innovation There is a difference between an innovation and an invention. An invention is a new technological breakthrough. An innovation is a better way of doing something, a way to break…

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Intrapreneurship Training & Characteristics of Intrapreneurs

Intrapreneur Definition & Meaning Intrapreneurship is a newer concept to define. Here is what it being an intrapreneur means to us. Characteristics of an Intrapreneur An intrapreneur is someone who acts and thinks like an entrepreneur but who works in an organization and for their organization rather than owning their own organization. An intrapreneur is…

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A practical application of the Unified Innovation Methodology to new product development or business problem solving

This article about applying the Unified Innovation Methodology is written by guest author Jenny Sankovsky. Summary When you are given a business problem or you are looking for ways to develop and launch a new product or service and don’t know where to start, review the innovation methodology developed by iVia to learn how this…

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Innovation Conferences for 2017

Are you an organizational leader, innovator, design thinker, or entrepreneur looking to connect with others and see the latest trends at an innovative conference this year? Here are 20 innovation conferences we’ve found that seem to happen every year that may be helpful for those focused on innovation, design thinking, lean startup, new technology applications,…

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11 Things I Learned Building an Innovation Program

This innovation program article is written by guest author Eric Potter. “The key is to embrace disruption and change early. Don’t react to it decades later. You can’t fight innovation.” – Ryan Kavanaugh Taking the plunge into setting up an innovation lab seems like a no brainer for our brethren in the technology space and…

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5 Questions Innovators Should Ask in 2017

This article is written by invited guest author Jolie Huang. Over the course of 2016, I interviewed several innovation pioneers to find out the most important questions that every innovator should ask in 2017. Since “innovation” has become an overused buzzword, organizations are putting more attention into forward-thinking strategic planning. Yet, as the pace of…

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