Tag Archives: Innovation

Do Wars Boost Innovation?

A slightly different version of this piece was originally published on Change Logic’s Viewpoint Blog. War is a horrible thing. Images of killed, wounded, or orphaned Ukrainian kids, victims of Russia’s barbaric aggression, leave little room for the belief that … Continue reading

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Will the Women Innovators Please Stand Up?

My wife often complains that her hairdryer was designed by a bunch of bold males. True, it produces a stream of hot air. But the control buttons on the handle are arranged in such a way that the device is … Continue reading

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Dose Is Everything: How Religious Diversity Affects Performance

The idea that diversity boosts corporate performance and innovation is becoming mainstream. So far, the focus of attention has been mostly on factors of social diversity: the diversity of race, gender, and sexual identity. Unfortunately, less is known about the … Continue reading

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Innovating in Your Dream and With a Drink

There are a few reported approaches to boosting human creativity. Some of them are very proper. Perhaps the most popular is taking a shower — especially if followed by going to the garden and sitting under the apple tree. Another … Continue reading

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How to Build Your Innovation Dream Team (Part 2)

In Part 1, I described two potential approaches to building a corporate innovation team. One emphasizes specific individual skills of team members, the other focuses on the optimal mix of functional roles within the team. There is the third approach to the … Continue reading

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How to Build Your Innovation Dream Team (Part 1)

Do you agree that to pursue a corporate innovation project, you need a dedicated innovation team? Maybe not. We often hear that “innovation is everyone’s job” along with arguments that any structure kills creativity and stifles innovation. Why is the … Continue reading

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Are You Free to Innovate?

My search for factors advancing corporate innovation has led me to a somewhat unexpected conclusion: to innovate, you need freedom. This freedom can be realized at three major levels. The first level is individual, manifested as freedom from being discriminated … Continue reading

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Location (Location, Location) and Innovation

In my previous post, I discussed evidence indicating that liberal social policies make U.S. states implementing them more innovative. If so, one would expect that liberal U.S. states are in general more innovative than conservative. To see if there is … Continue reading

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What Can Social Policies Do to Innovation?

Like it or not, government socioeconomic policies influence innovation. Some of them, e.g., R&D tax credits and innovation grants, do that in a positive way. Others, such as the notorious Prohibition of 1920-1933, deeply damaged U.S. innovation. Traditionally the bulk … Continue reading

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Innovation do’s and don’ts

Jeff Bezos once said: “Good intentions don’t work, mechanisms do.” I interpret this line as implicit support for my conviction that chasing the chimera of “culture of innovation” is a distraction, rather than an enabler, of corporate innovation. Instead, firms … Continue reading

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