Author Archives: Rowan Gibson

Many companies and corporate leaders say they want to be innovative, but what does it take to truly make innovation a systemic capability? How can your company build an “Innovation Engine” that continuously drives growth and strategic renewal? Continue reading

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Innovators Challenge Orthodoxies: Elon Musk

Great innovators have an almost innate tendency to challenge industry orthodoxies. One of the best modern examples is Elon Musk of Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla fame – a serial industry disruptor. This article is part one of a four-part series. Continue reading

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Building Up Innovation Capital

Today, the advantage increasingly goes to those firms that develop “imagination capital” – which is the capacity to dramatically reconceive what the firm is and imagine entirely new uses for its financial, structural and intellectual capital. Continue reading

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Will China 2.0 Out-Innovate Your Company?

After thirty years as a “workshop for the world”, China is steadily and resolutely moving up the value chain. And this transition – from low-cost manufacturing to world-class innovation, design and marketing – will change the rules of competition everywhere on earth, including inside China. Continue reading

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Strategic Renewal in the Business Model

In a world where the pace of change has gone hypercritical, today’s most important race is the race for strategic renewal. It is the race to change as fast as the environment is changing around you; the race to invent new sources of profit before the old ones disappear… Continue reading

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Up or Down - Innovation and Value are Key

When the economic barometer is pointing upward, all the talk in company boardrooms is about growth, innovation and value creation. When the global economy lingers in the doldrums, corporate strategy shifts inexorably back to the safe haven of operational efficiency. Continue reading

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Removing Risk from Bold Aspirations

The conventional wisdom about innovation is that companies should be less risk-averse. If this means they should try to increase their share of courageous employees who are willing to stand up and fight for ideas, then I would agree. Continue reading

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