Smarter Innovation

Today’s companies must innovate to survive in a mine-field of unpredictable competition, demanding customers, and disruptive technology. Winners expand prosperity for employees, customers, and societies, while losers lose market share, fight price wars, and often disappear as a brand or an entity. Smarter Innovation: How Interactive Processes Drive Better Business Resultsserves as a guidebook and inspiration for how to be “winners” in this ever-changing business landscape.

Smarter InnovationInnovation research has reached an inflection point.  Over the last three decades, innovation writing has largely focused on the macro-processes of finding markets, getting cash, assembling teams, optimizing production, and beating competition. Only recently have innovation researchers examined the rich micro-processes that individuals and teams use to test and execute on new ideas or opportunities. And few have focused extensively on the knowledge-related micro-processes that help us to operationalize ideas.

Smarter Innovation assembles a global team of knowledge practitioners, social artists, and veteran innovators who explore and document innovation-essential micro-processes, such as activating tacit knowledge, optimizing social media discussions, sprinting product design, designing findability, filling sales knowledge-coverage, and even bringing care to the project team and its dreaded meetings.

Smarter Innovation authors teach us how effective innovation interactions are more collaborative and iterative -- bringing the agility so essential for living with industry disruption.

 

History of Smarter Innovation Book

A team of twenty author teams wrote Smarter Innovation to share our knowledge of how microprocesses (e.g., person to person integrations, conversations, decision models) result in more productive innovation.  The book was released in July, 2014, and is published by Ark Group. For info on Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results (© Ark Group, 2014): https://www.ark-group.com/product/smarter-innovation-using-interactive-processes-drive-better-business-results#.WUGMCevyvIU (paste into browser) US discounts: Daniel Smallwood (ark-dsmallwood@wilmington.co.uk). 

 

Structure of Smarter Innovation Book

The book is organized into innovation "dimensions" -- nonlinear elements of a productive innovation capacity. 

  1. Bridging: Making sense of an idea translated from one domain to the next. 
  2. Social and operational integration: Socialization and refinement of a new idea across a network of employees and/or collaboration partners.
  3. Capabilities validation: Validating the organization’s and individuals’ capabilities and readiness to pursue the innovation.
  4. Market and industry exploration: Using collaborative microprocesses(and data) to determine whether the market and industry are viable and profitable
  5. Commercialization: Considering practicalities of pricing, positioning, promotion, and production using collective decision approaches. 

Abstracts

Over the coming weeks we will be posting abstracts for the chapters in Smarter Innovation. Please support the author team by commenting on this page!

  • Innovation Ecology

Chapter 1: Escaping gravity: Three kinds of knowledge as fuel for innovation in an operate and maintain company (Elliott)

Chapter 2: Creating a Culture of Innovation at Quimmco (Trevino et al)

Chapter 4: Sitting in the White Space (Blair)

Chapter 5: Four Disciplines of a Project Team: Innovation DNA (Pugh)

  • Bridging: Making sense of an idea translated from one domain to the next. 

Chatper 7: Broadli: Drinking my own Champagne (Abraham)

Chapter 8: Beyond Netiquette: Discussion Discipline Drives Innovation (Skifstad and Pugh)

Chapter 9: Emergence of the Open Collaborative Community (Phlypo)

  • Social and operational integration: Socialization and refinement of a new idea across a network of employees and/or collaboration partners.

Chapter 10: Effective meetings: The heart of innovation (Bogue)

Chapter 11: Innovation by Design (Shinners, Scrupski, and Stroh)

Chapter 13: Innovation through the Knowledge Continuity Process (Hovell)

  • Capabilities validation: Validating the organization’s and individuals’ capabilities and readiness to pursue the innovation.

Chapter 16: The Company Body: Innovation as a necessary process of eliminating redundancy and improving sustainability (Dakaj)

  • Market and industry exploration: Using collaborative microprocesses(and data) to determine whether the market and industry are viable and profitable

Chapter 17: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Corporate Innovation (Perkins and Buis)

  • Commercialization: Considering practicalities of pricing, positioning, promotion, and production using collective decision approaches. 

Chapter 19: Commercializing Innovative Ideas in Professional Service Firms (Poole)

Chapter 20: Innovating the way we sell: Knowledge Coverage Models (Evaristo)

 

 

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