Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2011

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2011We launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and with the new web site we are now able to start a new annual feature pulling together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2011.

We do some other rankings too. At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month and we also publish a weekly Top 10 as part of our Innovation Excellence Weekly email, so an annual Top 100 seems like a logical fit.

Did your favorite make the cut?

But enough delay, here are the 100 most popular innovation posts of 2011 (each receiving 2,800 – 32,300 page views):

  1. Intel to Universities: No Patents, Please, Just Open Source – by Melba Kurman
  2. The DNA of Innovation Leaders – by Luis Solis
  3. The Economics of Co-Creation – by Idris Mootee
  4. Seven Managers Struggling With Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen
  5. Innovation is All About Value – by Braden Kelley
  6. 10 Predictions for Innovators in 2012 – by Rowan Gibson, Braden Kelley, and Julie Anixter
  7. 7 Strategies for Generating Ideas – by Robert Tucker
  8. Top 10 Innovation Videos of 2011 – by Braden Kelley
  9. Apple – A Rare Case of Sustainable Competitive Advantage – by Idris Mootee
  10. 50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking – by Mitch Ditkoff
  11. 38 Awesome Quotes on Change – by Mitch Ditkoff
  12. 25 Inspiring Innovation Quotes – by Gijs van Wulfen
  13. Innovation in the Boardroom – The Time is Now – by Kaye O’Leary
  14. Innovation Culture Eats R&D for Breakfast – by Hutch Carpenter
  15. Innovathons – by Geovanny Romero
  16. 15 Awesome Quotes on Collaboration – by Mitch Ditkoff
  17. The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation – VIDEO
  18. Set University Innovation Free – by Melba Kurman
  19. What are the new paradigms in innovation? – by Paul Hobcraft
  20. The Neuroscience of Leadership – by Matthew E May
  21. Clearworks - Customers, Connections, Clarity

  22. Steve Jobs is Dead – Whither innovation at Apple? – by Braden Kelley
  23. Can Gillette Disrupt Itself? – by John R Moran
  24. Rethinking the Product Development Funnel – by Gerry Katz
  25. Importance of Play to Innovation – by Kamal Hassan
  26. Trends Shaping Future Innovation – by Paul Hobcraft
  27. Kellogg School Researching Innovation Communities – by Julie Anixter
  28. Lego’s $50 Million Open Innovation Failure – by Stefan Lindegaard
  29. 7 Innovation Questions for Andy Stefanovich – by Deanna Leonard
  30. The Female Innovator’s Dilemma – by LeAnna J. Carey
  31. Five Reasons Companies Fail at Business Model Innovation – by Saul Kaplan
  32. Innovation, Invention, Creativity and Artistry are not the same – by Stephen Shapiro
  33. What is a culture of innovation anyway? – by Jeffrey Phillips
  34. Twitter’s Business Model Innovation – by Tim Kastelle
  35. Co-Creating Business Models – by Deborah Mills-Scofield
  36. The Dangers of SWOT – by Holly G Green
  37. Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators – by Melba Kurman
  38. Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison – by Sarah Miller Caldicott
  39. Is Social Media Really Collaboration in Disguise? – by Sarah Miller Caldicott
  40. The Tom Peters Interview – “Excellence NOW” – by Julie Anixter
  41. Using Social Media for Innovation – 11 Great Reads – by Stefan Lindegaard

  42. Join the global innovation community

  43. To Cultivate Innovation – Work like an Artist – by Michael Hugos
  44. 10 Steps to Boost Corporate Innovation – by Jeffrey Baumgartner
  45. Google versus Apple – by Nicolas Bry
  46. John Cleese on Creativity – VIDEO
  47. 2011 Social Media Review – by John Luginbill
  48. 10 Tips for Intrapreneurs – by James Gardner
  49. Web 3.0 – Innovation Nightmare or Disruptive Catalyst? – by Clinton Bonner
  50. Let Them Hack Your Innovation – by Nicolas Bry
  51. Innovation and Porter’s Value Chain – by Jeffrey Phillips
  52. Clayton Christensen – Two Surprising Reasons Good Companies Fail – by Chris Dolan
  53. Best US Universities for Innovation Transfer? – by Melba Kurman
  54. Leadership Innovation – a Chinese View – by Pearl Zhu
  55. 7 Steps to Unlocking Innovation in a Conservative Culture (Case Study) – by Elvin Turner
  56. Innovation Strategy and the Collaborative Brain – by Mark E Miller
  57. Anti-Conventional Thinking (ACT) – by Jeffrey Baumgartner
  58. A Prototype is Worth a 1000 Ideas – by Jeffrey Phillips
  59. Google+ Challenges Both Facebook and Twitter – by Hutch Carpenter
  60. Edward de Bono on Innovation vs Creativity – VIDEO
  61. Nine Best Practices for a More Effective Elevator Pitch – by Matt Heinz
  62. 20 Tips for Ideation Excellence – by Gijs van Wulfen

  63. Like Innovation Excellence on Facebook

  64. Where Good Ideas Come From – VIDEO
  65. Freeing Creativity – by Kevin Roberts
  66. Innovation Despair – by Braden Kelley
  67. The Plausibility of Klout – by LeAnna J. Carey
  68. 4 Signs of a Culture of Innovation – by Jorge Barba
  69. Innovation is Not ‘Best Practice’ – by Alf Rehn
  70. 9 Ways to Keep Innovation Alive in your Marketing Organization – by Matt Heinz
  71. Gutsy Leadership Accelerates Innovation – by Freiburg and Dunston
  72. Insights from the PDMA’s 2011 Business Model Innovation Lab – by Chris Dolan
  73. Rethinking Creativity and Innovation – PRESENTATION
  74. 8 Reasons Why SMEs and Entrepreneurs Need To Innovate – by Kamal Hassan
  75. Understanding Innovation the W L Gore Way – by Paul Hobcraft
  76. Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation – by Mike Myatt
  77. Success Factors for the Innovation Team – by Yann Cramer
  78. The Brain and Why Innovation Happens Differently for Everyone – by Mark E Miller
  79. Drafting a Business Case for Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen
  80. The Innovator’s Toolbox – by Christensen, Dyer, Gregersen
  81. 10 Epic Idea Management #Fails – by James Gardner
  82. Leaders Must Break Things – by Mike Myatt
  83. 40 Reasons Why We Struggle with Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen

  84. Follow @ixchat on twitter

  85. Linking Design, Marketing, and Innovation – by Roy Luebke
  86. The Client Consultant Innovating Dilemma – by Paul Hobcraft
  87. Innovation Requires Culture of Trust and Openness – by Jim Clemmer
  88. An Innovation Eclipse – by Braden Kelley
  89. What is the Difference Between Innovation and Creativity? – by Paul Sloane
  90. From Marginal To Mainstream – Social Innovation – by Paul Hobcraft
  91. Large Organizations and the Business Model Canvas – by Paul Hobcraft
  92. Collaborative Innovation Process at Mayo Clinic – by Andrea Meyer
  93. Tom Peters – Innovation Comes from Dissatisfied People – VIDEO
  94. Different Strokes For Different Open Innovation Folks – by Frank Mattes
  95. Six Social Media Trends for 2012 – by David Armano
  96. Four Innovation Insights From Customers – by Hutch Carpenter
  97. What Impedes Innovation? – by Janice Maffei
  98. Crowdsourcing Meets Open Innovation – by Stefan Lindegaard
  99. The DNA of Innovation – by John Persico
  100. 100 Awesome Quotes on What It Takes To Innovate – by Mitch Ditkoff
  101. Sold On Social Media – by Dean DeBiase
  102. Frame Your Problems To Create Better Solutions – by Paul Williams
  103. 8 Mistakes in Making Mistakes – by Mike Brown
  104. Tech-Starting the Innovation Economy – by Darrell M. West

If you’re not familiar with Innovation Excellence, we publish 2-6 new articles every day built around innovation and marketing insights from our roster of contributing authors and ad hoc submissions from community members. Get the articles right in your Facebook feed or on Twitter or Linkedin too!

Editor’s Note: Innovation Excellence is open to contributions from any and all innovation professionals out there (practitioners, professors, researchers, consultants, authors, etc.) who have a valuable innovation insight to share with everyone for the greater good. If you’d like to contribute, create an account.


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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden is also an Innovation Excellence co-founder, a popular innovation speaker and trainer, and advises companies on connecting with their customers and embedding innovation across the organization.

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10 Responses to Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2011

  1. Joan Holman says:

    Thanks for sharing this list. Great selection of articles!

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  4. Bill Casey says:

    Wow. What a terrific (and thorough) collection of innovation articles. Great resource. Thanks!

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  6. Web Mentor says:

    Adding it to my Reading List. No way I can read 100 articles right now :) .

    Thanks for the brilliant share btw!!

  7. Adding it to my reading list. No way I can read 100 right now

    Thanks for the brilliant post. Btw, you might want to do something when a user comments. There is no confirmation or anything that the comment was submitted. Clearly a no-no.

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  10. Trudi says:

    Great article.

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