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Iconic Robots of the Big & Small Screen

I would have thought there were more. But you can’t go wrong with Bender. .

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Europe’s Innovation Landscape Remains Boring

Europe is slowly closing its innovation gap with the U.S. But national innovation rankings within Europe remain stable, according to the European Union (EU). Released today, the EU’s annual Innovation Union Scorecard for 2014 measures innovation in the EU and other European countries. The report also measures their innovation against efforts in Japan, South Korea…

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‘Fat, Dumb & Happy Does Not an Innovation Powerhouse Make’

Billed as an “innovation smackdown,” this week’s innochat addressed the thorny topic of who innovates more: big companies or startups? “Most people believe startups have an edge, but large companies have done well too,” said Gwen Ishmael (@Gwen_Ishmael) SVP Insights & Innovation at Decision Analyst Inc. in Texas, and this week’s chat moderator. The framing post…

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How to Tap Sales to Drive Innovation

What role can the Sales organization play in a company? Is its proximity to the customer a benefit? Or do sales incentives stymie a salesman’s motivation to share knowledge? Those were some of the taxing issues tackled at today’s Innochat, a weekly Twitter conversation attended by innovation experts, practitioners and assorted hangers on from around…

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Stories Can Build an Innovation Culture or Destroy It

This is Part II of the report on Thursday’s innochat where a group of innovation experts and practitioners tackle some of the innovation challenges facing organizations. Part I is here. Turning to her third question, moderator Gwen Ishmael (@Gwen_Ishmael) asked how the different types of innovation being discussed — incremental, breakthrough and transformational — impact…

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“Even Cavemen Learned That You Innovate or Die!”

Companies can face different challenges in their markets and with their customers depending on how they position themselves strategically on the innovation spectrum.

Is There Such A Thing As Over-Innovation?

This is the first of a two-part post. Part II is here. Ever walked in to a store to buy something only to become overwhelmed or annoyed when a simple errand turns in to a headache of decision making? Have modern product ranges become so vast that the manufacturers have over-innovated? That was the prime…

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“Infusing Education with Disruptive DNA”

It is a huge area, but education needs to be fixed in many areas. This weeks Innochat looks at how innovation can be brought in to the educational system.

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Innovator’s Ideas “Too Valuable to Patent”

Afraid of his ideas being copied, one innovator choses not to patent his inventions.

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Lock Up Your Innovators: The Academics Are Loose

  An “alarming trend” sees stodgy academics, turgid papers in hand, descending slothlike on the fast-paced but unsuspecting innovation domain. Writing in Bloomberg Businessweek, G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón claim major corporations are turning to academics to institute innovation programs, but should be looking elsewhere for advice. According to the authors, “No one…