Author Archives: Scott Bowden

Innovation in the Caucasus – Part I – Armenia

This is the first article in a three-part series that focuses on innovation in the three countries of the Caucasus – Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.  This article presents an introduction to the region and then continues with an examination of innovation in Armenia. Although several geographic regions claim to be the “crossroads of civilization,” the three countries of the Caucasus ...

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The Headquarters Innovation Paradox

Innovators often face the challenge of determining the optimal location for their work efforts.  For a large enterprise, the decision is often between a central location, such as a corporate headquarters, and a remote location, such as a manufacturing facility.  At first glance, one might think that locating an innovation program at a headquarters location would have significant advantages.  At ...

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Innovation in China – Part II – Shanghai, Tongli, and Beijing

This is the second article in a two-part series addressing innovation in China.  The first part addressed the archaeological treasure trove of the city of Xi’an and its surroundings.  This article focuses on the better-known cities of Shanghai – China’s financial capital – and Beijing – China’s political capital.  While both cities contain a wealth of modern innovation in terms ...

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Innovation in the Balkans – Part II – Dalmatia, Istria, and Bosnia-Hercegovina

This is the second article in a two-part series on innovation in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe.  My previous article focused on innovation in the northern part of the Balkans, including northern Croatia and Slovenia.  This article directs its attention towards the south and west includes coastal Croatia (the regions of Istria and Dalmatia) as well as the independent ...

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Innovation Insights from Teddy Roosevelt

Sometimes one stumbles across insights from unexpected places.  Most of the books I have read recently have fallen into the category of histories of other countries (Laos, China, Singapore, Myanmar, Colombia) or studies of how things work (buildings, bridges, rivers, archaeology).  I gravitate towards these subject areas because they are of great interest to me in my current and future ...

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Panamanian Innovation

The country of Panama, which gained its independence from Colombia in 1903, is best known as the home of the path between the seas – the Panama Canal.  The Canal was started by a French consortium in the late 1800s and completed by the United States in 1914.  The Canal, with twin sets of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific ...

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Innovate Like a (Monarch) Butterfly

I spent some time last year visiting a butterfly sanctuary in the cloud forest near Mashpi, Ecuador.  In this sanctuary, local support staff have identified 300 species of butterflies and have been able to reproduce 50 of them in a research facility referred to as the Life Center, which is basically a large, screened-in habitat for butterflies.  I watched intently ...

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