Category Archives: Innovation

Innovation and spirit. Yes, that spirit.

Recent evidence strongly suggests that the U.S. is facing a growing shortage of novel ideas. Worse, the cost of getting these ideas is growing while their quality seems to be declining. Left unchanged, this trend may have serious negative consequences for American innovation. … Continue reading

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Does labor regulation hurt innovation?

Those who believe that government regulations, including labor laws, hurt innovation, please, raise your hand. Wow, quite a few hands raised! Indeed, the suspicion against regulations is fueled by common belief that they damage economic growth, with which innovation is … Continue reading

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Are you bored to death and procrastinating? Good for you!

In my two previous posts (here and here), I argued that the wide-spread belief that we are swimming in an ocean of cheap innovative ideas–solidified in a popular slogan “ideas are a dime a dozen”–is a myth. Available evidence suggests … Continue reading

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U.S. innovation: a perennial half-full/half-empty glass

In my previous post, I argued that a wide-spread belief that we are swimming in an ocean of cheap innovative ideas – solidified in a popular slogan “ideas are a dime a dozen” — is no more than a myth. … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Like the Term “Innovator’s DNA”

“And just as each person’s physical DNA is unique, each individual we studied had a unique innovator’s DNA for generating breakthrough business ideas.” This is a line from the influential HBR article written by Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and the … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing: An Innovation Tool to Overcome the Limits of Remote Work

(A version of this article was originally posted to the Qmarkets blog) The unprecedented shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to change the ways they do business. Almost every business operation has been affected: from the … Continue reading

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What Will Crowdsourcing Look Like in 10 Years?

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) There is a popular joke (attributed to Niels Bohr): “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” And at times of uncertainty that we’re all living through, predicting the future … Continue reading

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Innovation in Legacy Companies: Can You Be Big and Nimble at the Same Time?

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) Complaints that large legacy companies can’t innovate abound. Some folks go as far as to say that corporate innovation “is broken.” This is, perhaps, an exaggeration. Large companies are still quite good … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing: Going Above and Beyond Consumer Products

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) In the past few years, crowdsourcing has finally come of age as a powerful open innovation tool allowing organizations – including corporations, government agencies, and non-profits – to use external crowds to … Continue reading

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What Is Holding Your Business Back from Becoming the Next Big Thing?

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog)  As a famous line (wrongfully attributed to Charles Darvin) reads: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is … Continue reading

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