Author Archives: Eugene Ivanov

About Eugene Ivanov

Eugene Ivanov is a PMI-certified Innovation Management Consultant who helps organizations increase the efficiency of their internal and external innovation programs.

A map of open innovation practices

A problem that I see with the current literature on open innovation is that while focusing predominantly on theoretical aspects of the concept (value proposition, strategic alignments, governance and management, human capital and culture), it pays little attention to the … Continue reading

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Don’t confuse crowdsourcing with brainstorming

I try to follow what academic researchers have to say about crowdsourcing. As a crowdsourcing practitioner, I welcome the clarity, holistic approach and intellectual vigor that academic research brings to the table. But not always. Take, for example, a recent … Continue reading

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Missing in Innovation Action

I’m pretty sure that the authors of the recent PWC’s report on innovation wanted to paint a nice picture of the current state of corporate innovation. Having served 246 CEO’s from around the world with rather conventional (and, to my … Continue reading

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Building your innovation “dream team”

(A longer version of this piece was originally posted to the Qmarkets blog) You’ve heard this cliché many times before: innovation is all about people. Even if you’re an avid AI fan, you hardly expect robots replacing humans as innovators any time … Continue reading

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What can crowds do?

Since the publication, in 2004, of James Surowiecki’s highly influential book, “The Wisdom of Crowds,” the idea that large groups of people are smarter than a few individuals, however brilliant, has been gradually gaining prominence in academic circles, business communities … Continue reading

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When many experts are too many

In my earlier posts (here and here), I argued that when facing a complex technical or business problem the majority of organizations have a natural inclination to begin the problem-solving process with engaging experts, either internal (employees) or external (consultants). … Continue reading

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Voter Education

Forbes published a list of the most and least educated states in the U.S. (based on the attainment of degrees and the quality of the education). When looking at the specific state names on the list, I felt that I … Continue reading

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