Author Archives: Hutch Carpenter

What is Innovation Management?

“Innovation ‘Management’ as a term, doesn’t sit well with me. Just like Knowledge ‘Management’. KM failed in part because of the inherent controls.” Sameer Patel, April 22, 2009 by Hutch Carpenter I thought this was a good comment by Sameer, as it reflects a couple things: Nascent field of technology tools that specifically facilitate and improve corporate innovation is just ...

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Smarter Cities – Smarter Planet

IBM recently launched its Smarter Cities initiative. Part of its overall SmarterPlanet project, Smarter Cities is an effort to find solutions to the problems that will occur due to our ever-increasing population growth in urban centers around the world: “In 1900, only 13% of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2050, that number will have risen to 70%. We ...

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Innovation – Elite Unit or Crowdsource?

A classic dilemma for companies is determining the best way to foster innovation. There are many good books with different approaches. Clayton Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma” has influenced a generation’s thinking about innovation. He focuses management and entrepreneurs’ attention on the Big I: ‘disruptive innovation’. One outcome of the popularity of Christensen’s book is the awareness people have that entrenched business ...

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Why Don't Democracies Suffer Famines?

In his keynote at the Spigit Customer Summit, Gary Hamel said that something that caught my attention: democracies don’t suffer famines. Hearing this, I was intrigued and did some research. Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, made this empirical observation: One of the remarkable facts in the terrible history of famine is that no substantial famine ...

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Is Tide Basic an Innovation?

Adam Hartung, Managing Partner of Spark Partners, a strategy and transformation consultancy, asked this question on LinkedIn: “Do you think “Tide Basic,” a less-good formulation, is an innovation? Isn’t innovation about making things better and cheaper, not just cheaper?” The genesis of the question is a story in the Wall Street Journal describing why P&G recently rolled out Tide Basic. ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Making Your Own Luck

This a bonus eighth ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ article to give one extra perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy: Describe the importance of innovation strategy to the success of an organization’s innovation efforts. Braden Kelley of Blogging Innovation asked a number of people to contribute their perspectives on the question above. This is our response. Popular culture associates innovation with one ...

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Will User Reputation Scores Change Twitter?

Item #1: “As the spam annoyance factor on Twitter goes up, the credentials/relevance go down meaning less user value. @biz huge deal!” – Kim Patrick Kobza, President & CEO of Neighborhood America Item #2: “Twitter Search will also get a ‘reputation’ ranking system soon, Jayaram told me. When you do a search on a ‘trending’ topic – a topic that ...

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