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A world tour of reusable launch vehicle efforts | The Space Review

A world tour of reusable launch vehicle efforts | The Space Review | Business Models | Scoop.it

While the efforts of Blue Origin and SpaceX to develop reusable launch vehicles are well known, they’re not the only RLV programs in the world. Antoine Meunier discusses projects in Europe and Asia to develop reusable launchers.


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Innovation Leadership – Nine critical functions. 

Innovation Leadership – Nine critical functions.  | Business Models | Scoop.it
Innovation leadership refers to the different leadership styles needed to influence employees’ innovative behaviour to generate creative ideas that promote innovative products, services, and solutions in organisations.

This style of leadership is one that fosters the following nine dimensions which are critical to promote a climate conducive to creative thinking and organisational innovation. The corresponding questions for each dimension will assist you to determine how many boxes you can tick, and whether innovative leadership is happening within your team/organisation.   

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Are you serious about Innovation? How many boxes can you tick? ~ Sebastien Salicrou

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Are you serious about Innovation? How many boxes can you tick? ~ Sebastien Salicrou

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Are you serious about Innovation? How many boxes can you tick?

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Strategic Planning That Produces Real Strategy - Bain Brief

Strategic Planning That Produces Real Strategy - Bain Brief | Business Models | Scoop.it

Previous experience has taught you that your company’s formal planning process is where the best ideas go to die. the typical strategic planning process is not delivering what it should at most companies. When we asked nearly 300 global executives to rate their company’s planning process, only one in three said that the strategy it produced met three vital criteria: bold ambition, adaptability in the face of changing market conditions and concrete guidance for management and the front line.


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Old economic models couldn't predict the recession. Time for new ones.

Old economic models couldn't predict the recession. Time for new ones. | Business Models | Scoop.it

Part of a continuing series about complexity science by the Santa Fe Institute and The Christian Science Monitor, generously supported by Arizona State University. The 2008 financial crisis – which cost the United States economy between $6 trillion to $14 trillion and the world economy a great deal more – shook the world of finance to its foundation. It hit the most vulnerable particularly hard, as unemployment in the US doubled from 5 to 10 percent, and in several countries in southern Europe, 1 in 4 people who want a job are still unable to find work – roughly the unemployment rate the US experienced during the Great Depression. Recommended: Foreign companies that beat Silicon Valley at its own game It’s now old hat to point out that very few experts saw it coming. We shouldn’t be too hard on them, though. Surprisingly, the US investment in developing a better theoretical understanding of the economy is very small – around $50 million in annual funding from the National Science Foundation – or just 0.0005 percent of a $10 trillion crisis. Foreign companies that beat Silicon Valley at its own game PHOTOS OF THE DAY Photos of the day 07/20


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Surprising that most economic models were not already this sophisticated.
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These 3 things make a company truly innovative

These 3 things make a company truly innovative | Business Models | Scoop.it

What are the world’s most exciting innovations? The answer may come from the World Economic Forum’s new class of Technology Pioneers, announced today. The 30 awardees come from seven countries in three continents, and are active in a wide range of industries: from health to agriculture, and from finance to IT. But beyond their geographical and sectorial diversity, they have three crucial aspects in common. They combine innovations, innovate at an ever increasing pace, and work on solutions to global challenges. Here is how they do it.


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These 3 things make a company truly innovative

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How Robots Will Redefine Competitiveness

How Robots Will Redefine Competitiveness | Business Models | Scoop.it
A number of economic and technical barriers to wider industrial robotics adoption are beginning to fall. As advanced robots become more affordable and practical even for small manufacturers, the production efficiencies will spread through entire supply chains, industries, and economies.

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Marketing and Loyalty |

Unrewarding Rewards

Unfortunately though, digital marketing simply might be accelerating an already prevalent issue -- churn. Study after study of customer loyalty shows customers not being loyal to much more than a rewards program or discount. Whatever vendor offers the best reward is likely to get the business, at least temporarily.

That leads to the confusing situation in which customers appear to behave in loyal ways, even saying they are satisfied, but in reality they're ready to go elsewhere whenever an opportunity presents itself.

The solution to this dilemma is to promote customer loyalty through marketing, but there are some wrinkles to be worked out. You can't market loyalty under most circumstances. The dismal success rate of many rewards programs shows this.

Please don't tell me about frequent flier programs, because while they promote loyal behavior, they also contain some of the most disgruntled customers imaginable. Check out a customer sentiment site or two and you'll see what I mean.

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Good article. I agree engagement is key to marketing success but one must understand the customer's expectations as to how much and what kind of engagement is desired.
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Open-Source Software Companies Try a New Business Model

Open-Source Software Companies Try a New Business Model | Business Models | Scoop.it
Open source software won the hearts and minds of corporate tech strategists, but the first-generation of open-source software startups largely failed to gain commercial traction. A new generation is selling to the CIO in a different way.
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Open source is the rule,  not the exception...now.
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Is Design Thinking The New TQM?

Is Design Thinking The New TQM? | Business Models | Scoop.it
The signals seem to be strengthening that design thinking is moving mainstream - witness the September Harvard Business Review featured spotlight on the evolution of design thinking and its central role in innovation, including the assertion that ...

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I agree. Innovation does not belong to a specific set of individuals anymore than Quality, in all aspects, does.

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Fred Zimny's curator insight, August 29, 2015 6:11 AM

As Peter Drucker says, "there is only one definition of business success: create customers". To get a competitive advantage one needed in the past TQM and now design thinking. One not replacing the other but supplements to each other.

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Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It

Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It | Business Models | Scoop.it

Nine years ago one of us (Don) began a large-scale project to understand how complex organizations can execute their strategies more effectively. The research includes more than 40 experiments in which we made changes in companies and measured the impact on execution, along with a survey administered to nearly 8,000 managers in more than 250 companies. The study is ongoing but has already produced valuable insights. The most important one is this: Several widely held beliefs about how to implement strategy are just plain wrong. In this article we debunk five of the most pernicious myths and replace them with a more accurate perspective that will help managers effectively execute strategy. Focus on coordinating across silos and adapting to change on the front lines.


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Foglino's curator insight, March 17, 2015 10:29 AM

The most difficcult task is to translate strategy intto results.

Executional excellence is becoming aa key factor in today's globalized business world.

Strategy execution means seizing opportunities that support the strategy and requires flexibility, agility and a good performance culture.

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A brief history of user experience

A brief history of user experience | Business Models | Scoop.it
Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant. What cuisine did it serve?

What made you to choose that particular restaurant? What was your first impression as you walked in? Were you asked ...

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UX is more than just designing the "digital" experience. I like to think holistically. And this is one of the most intriguing Venn Diagrams I have seen.

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A brief history of user experience #H2MWP

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How Systems Thinking Makes You An Effective Leader

How Systems Thinking Makes You An Effective Leader | Business Models | Scoop.it
There was a time when people thought of businesses as some sort of machine. However, people are not very good cogs. They are just too likely

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Olivia Perez's comment, November 15, 2014 12:12 AM
I defiantly believe that the business world needs people to become one team and to make themselves a team. It was interesting to read this article to kind of understand how the business world works.
Leeza Trainor's comment, November 17, 2014 9:30 AM
More people in the business world need to read this! It could help so many employee's and CEO's. Learn how to effectively communicate to make everyday at work easier
Lexie Ruscheinski's comment, November 17, 2014 10:55 PM
Very resourceful in helping companies with team building but also learning to be a team leader! Any aspiring business men and women can learn from this.
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Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader

Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader | Business Models | Scoop.it

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir by splashing it around. Eventually, the leader pulls their hand out, and when they do, the water quickly returns to it’s original state. It’s as if they never existed. Even though there was a lot of activity, in the end, the bucket of water looks no different than it did before. 



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Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:51 PM

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir by splashing it around. Eventually, the leader pulls their hand out, and when they do, the water quickly returns to it’s original state. It’s as if they never existed. Even though there was a lot of activity, in the end, the bucket of water looks no different than it did before

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, May 5, 2015 2:36 AM

An interesting Analogy

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The pertinence of the systems approach to wicked problems faced by planners generally

The pertinence of the systems approach to wicked problems faced by planners generally | Business Models | Scoop.it
In 10 slides I will explain above concept map which enables an integrated conceptualization of the logical relationships of the core characteristics of wicked problems with the basic requirements and workings of the systems approach.

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Visualizing the 4 Essentials of Design Thinking — Good Design — Medium

Visualizing the 4 Essentials of Design Thinking — Good Design — Medium | Business Models | Scoop.it
A couple of days ago, I was looking for a visual illustration of Design Thinking to share with my colleagues and clients. Thousands of…

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Nicely done synthesis of the four conceptual models.
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David Ednie's curator insight, August 15, 7:33 AM

Always use Divergent Thinking before Convergent Thinking

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Adaptive Computation: The Multidisciplinary Legacy of John H. Holland

Adaptive Computation: The Multidisciplinary Legacy of John H. Holland | Business Models | Scoop.it

John H. Holland's general theories of adaptive processes apply across biological, cognitive, social, and computational systems.In August 2015, Professor John H. Holland passed away in Ann Arbor, MI, where he had served on the University of Michigan faculty for more than 50 years. John, as he was known universally to his colleagues and students, leaves behind a long legacy of intellectual achievements. As a descendant of the cybernetics era, he was influenced by the work of John von Neumann, Norbert Wiener, W. Ross Ashby, and Alan Turing, all of whom viewed computation as a broad, interdisciplinary enterprise. Holland thus became an early proponent of interdisciplinary approaches to computer science and an active evangelist of what is now called computational thinking, reaching out enthusiastically to psychologists, economists, physicists, linguists, philosophers, and pretty much anyone he came in contact with. As a result, even though he received what was arguably one of the world's first computer science Ph.D. degrees in 1959,23 his contributions are sometimes better known outside computer science than within. Holland is best known for his invention of genetic algorithms (GAs), a family of search and optimization methods inspired by biological evolution. Since their invention in the 1960s, GAs have inspired many related methods and led to the thriving field of evolutionary computation, with widespread scientific and commercial applications. Although the mechanisms and applications of GAs are well known, they were only one offshoot of Holland's broader motivation—to develop a general theory of adaptation in complex systems. Here, we consider this larger framework, sketching the recurring themes that were central to Holland's theory of adaptive systems: discovery and dynamics in adaptive search; internal models and prediction; exploratory modeling; and universal properties of complex adaptive systems.


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Visualizing the 4 Essentials of Design Thinking

Visualizing the 4 Essentials of Design Thinking - Good Design - Medium
A couple of days ago, I was looking for a visual illustration of Design Thinking to share with my colleagues and clients…
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Abel Linares's curator insight, May 24, 4:08 PM
HCD #HumanCenteredDesing IDEO method for creative problem solving and innovation. This  approach fuels the creation of products that resonate more deeply with an audience,  driving engagement and growth.
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Visualize as 4 Essências do Design Thinking

 

Uma ilustração "diamante" que consolida as etapas de Divergência e Convergência em suas respectivas fases.

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How to Upgrade the Industrial Organization to the Age of Ideas? 

How to Upgrade the Industrial Organization to the Age of Ideas?  | Business Models | Scoop.it
Do you suffer from corporate obedience? Are you wealthier but not healthier and happier than your parents? Does your employer demand your “all” without guaranteeing a continuity of employment in return? Are you stressed, anxious, disengaged or frustrated?
Fair chance that you are trapped in an old-style steam-engine organization, custom-built to suppress collaborating, problem-solving, innovating and socializing. Perfect for repetitive tasks, standardization, and efficiency. Disastrous for inspiration, purpose, trust, innovation and making a difference to the greater good. So, what can you do to upgrade your industrial organization?

Mark Powell and Jonathan Gifford wrote the book “My Steam Engine is Broken – taking the organization from the industrial era to the age of ideas.” It aligns with Gary Hamel’s work and Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations. More and more people are waking up to the poignant fact that our workplaces are so old-fashioned that they don’t serve their purpose anymore. Modern organizations need to be innovative and agile, but many are not.

But where do you start to change? The organization as a whole is a daunting job to change. Powell and Gifford propose to transform the steam engine bit by bit by tackling the ten paradoxes that steam-engine organizations do that actively prevent them from achieving their goals while they think they do a good job.

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I am reminded of reading about Skunkworks and how that strategy successfully brought innovation to the larger organization. It takes fearless leadership to bring this "upgrade" about.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, June 18, 6:15 PM
I resonate with a lot in this article particularly “When I have permission to be a human being as a leader, I don’t have to be perfect which means I don’t have to wear this front, which means I can connect with people more deeply. A lot of (my work) is shedding the armor.” The strong hero leader is dead. Long live the emergent, role-sharing leader."
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This Is What Your Company Should Look Like

This Is What Your Company Should Look Like | Business Models | Scoop.it
We imagine a 21st-century corporation designed to capitalize on connected systems, data, and employees who take an expansive view of work.

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Christelle Austruy's curator insight, June 16, 8:14 AM

Un article très intéressant sur ce que va être notre nouvelle économie dans le futur avec la Transition numérique qui en cours.

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Will Intelligent Personal Assistants Replace Websites?

Will Intelligent Personal Assistants Replace Websites? | Business Models | Scoop.it

"Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) are capable of radically disrupting the way we search for and consume information on the Internet. The convergence of several trends and technologies has resulted in a new interface through which people will be able to interact with your business. This will have a dramatic impact — if your long-term marketing/business plan doesn't account for IPAs, you may be in the same boat as those people who said they didn't need a website in the early 2000s."


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This has real potential to displace websites as our primary portal to the cyber realm. I believe we are on that path now.
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How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas | MIT Sloan Management Review

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas | MIT Sloan Management Review | Business Models | Scoop.it

There's a link between the amount of diversity in employees’ Twitter networks and the quality of their ideas.


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Twitter can fuel the imagination.  Good article.

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Top CEOs Share How To Shepherd Innovation

Top CEOs Share How To Shepherd Innovation | Business Models | Scoop.it

Winston Churchill once famously said, “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” 


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Why Big Organizations Are Broken | Digital Tonto

Why Big Organizations Are Broken | Digital Tonto | Business Models | Scoop.it
Now that access to resources has become nearly universal, leadership is more important than authority.

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Of course, not all large organizations are "broken" and not all small organizations "get it right". Good discussion on importance of leadership.

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Roadmap To Test Your Value Proposition

Roadmap To Test Your Value Proposition | Business Models | Scoop.it
Lean Startup principles of testing assumptions before building a fully
spec’d product or business have spread widely by now. They are even
catching on in large corporations. Yet, many entrepreneurs and
intrapreneurs struggle with the question what to test and in which order 
to test. In this post we show you a roadmap of how to test your value
proposition in three steps. 

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Culture Can Make or Break Strategy

Culture Can Make or Break Strategy | Business Models | Scoop.it
A company however big or small, cannot successfully implement corporate strategy without employees who believe in the mission and understand how to...

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Sometimes massive change (read disruption) of the corporate culture is necessary.  Key is alignment of culture and strategy.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 19, 2014 6:41 AM

The importance of culture cannot be underestimated in driving change, but it is important to be selective about the aspects of culture that needs infusing with the specific initiative. Any form of change is disruptive to some degree so it is not necessary to precede every strategy-driven change with a massive transformational exercise in company culture. Aligning a company’s strategy with its culture reduces the disruptive nature of the change, but it is still a change. So, savvy leaders ensure that culture and strategy work in collaboration for success, but in a balanced and efficient manner.
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John Caswell's curator insight, December 19, 2014 12:36 PM

A common goal

Whether it’s a small start-up in the initial stages of the growth curve or a massive organisation pursuing global growth strategies, culture plays an important role in ensuring that the organisation stays on course and does not veer off the path.


Driving and implementing effective strategic change, is in most instances, a medium- to long-term priority for leaders. Similarly, an organisational culture also develops over time, with a combination of active reinforcement by senior management and voluntary cohesion and dissemination as the organisation’s beliefs and purposes permeate through the hierarchy. Because of the inherent patience that managers require to both drive strategic change and create a purposeful culture, it makes all the more sense that both work in conjunction with each other rather than against.



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