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Sustainable New Product Development

Blog post by on July 19, 2013

Point: Make sustainability decisions at the start of new product development. Story: “Seventy-five to 90 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined the product development stage,” says Kevin Myette, director of product and supply chain sustainability …

Innovation in the Collaborative Economy

Blog post by on June 22, 2013

Point: The collaborative economy enables new business models (and disrupts old ones). Story: The collaborative economy is growing as individuals find new ways to connect directly with their peers to share or rent their assets and skills. …

Hidden Costs Provide Hidden Opportunities

Blog post by on May 26, 2013

Point: When choosing areas to target for process innovations, consider the complementary – not just direct – costs and benefits Story: Companies naturally look for a satisfactory return on their investment when they make process improvements. But, …

Quick-Win Innovations

Blog post by on April 2, 2013

Point: Get quick wins by encouraging small experiments throughout the organization. They’re fast, inexpensive, and reduce the fear of failure. Story: One of the biggest obstacles to innovation is fear of failure. Rarely do people want to …

Innovation: Harnessing 3.8 Billion Years of R&D

Blog post by on March 6, 2013

Point: If you’re stuck on how to solve a problem, see if nature has already solved that problem. Story: Nature has already solved many challenges; the best solutions have survived and improved through evolution. Consider this example: …

Pixar: Space as an Instrument for Collaboration

Blog post by on February 7, 2013

Point: Design physical spaces for unplanned collaborations that spark creativity. Story: One place to look for advice on designing physical spaces for creativity and collaboration is Stanford’s design school, the birthplace of design thinking as we know …

GameChanger: Open Innovation through Angel Investing

Blog post by on January 12, 2013

Point: Create an internal venture fund to incubate revolutionary ideas. Story: This week’s Innovation Summit at the Shell Technology Center Houston (STCH) highlighted the need for innovation and collaboration to solve society’s most pressing challenges. As the …