Right now your company is very likely sitting on a corporate asset of immeasurable value. It’s more precious than all the equipment, machinery and buildings you own. It’s a tool so powerful it could reshape your company and perhaps even your entire industry. I would also wager that your organization has no idea where it’s kept, how much of it you possess or how to deploy it to your advantage.
When Balanda Atis joined L’Oréal as a chemist to formulate mascaras, she never forgot her experiences as teenager of not being able to find a foundation that worked for her skin tone. It wasn’t until seven years into her job that Atis was able to muster up the courage to approach the head of the makeup division about solving for the foundation issue.
One of the major paradoxes in healthcare is that, despite broad recognition that relentless cost, quality and equity pressures are dominant drivers for significant change there remains only slow progress towards real innovation in care delivery.
In our opinion, one of the biggest misconceptions in education is the idea that "the basics" must precede innovation. While foundational skills such as literacy and numeracy will always be necessary, there's no reason why we can't teach them alongside innovative practices.
Holed up in a shiny glass building in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Y. James Kang spends his days researching ways to repair damaged hearts, livers and brains－with the help of stem cells and 3D printers.
Awe might seem like just another three-letter word, but it is so much more. A recent New York Times article detailed how humans can get goose bumps when we experience awe, that often-positive feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world. It is a catalyst that can motivate people to do more good. The article also highlighted the research of Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner who found that awe helps bind us to others, motivating us to act in collaborative ways that enable strong groups and cohesive communities.
According to the latest research, 131 large corporations currently operate their own accelerator programs. Another hundred or more operate innovation labs and incubators. Clearly, companies are researching and experimenting with new technologies to find faster, more intuitive and smarter ways to beat the competition. While the accelerators and incubators have noble aims and are run with valiant effort, it does not guarantee that the corporation will succeed in finding a new product or answer to its competitive woes.
Innovatieve bedrijven investeren flink in hun onderzoeks- en ontwikkelingsactiviteiten, zo ook de negen Nieuwe Kampioenen die het FD de afgelopen weken heeft geportretteerd. Maar terwijl hun producten de grens overgaan, houden ze hun R&D-afdeling graag in de buurt.
E-commerce trends, much like fashion trends, are constantly evolving. What was trending yesterday might not exist tomorrow. Even more, shoppers are putting increasing pressure on online retailers to meet their growing list of demands. Consumers want a simple, straightforward checkout process. An interface that is easy to manipulate and fun to use.
Our ocean remains the greatest mystery on planet Earth. The ocean takes up 70% of our blue planet, yet we’ve only explored 5% of it. The ocean suffers from many urgent grand challenges – we don’t know enough about the ocean, too much pollution is going in, and too many fish and other animals are coming out.
Welcome to 21st century America - where we have longer lives than ever before, and more hopes for healthy aging. We are, happily, the beneficiaries of medical and scientific breakthroughs that have given us life spans that not long ago would have been the stuff of science fiction.
Earlier this year in March, Samsung said that it wants to ditch the corporate bore and feel like a young and trendy startup again. The “culture innovation” drive is spearheaded by Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong who is particularly willing to shed the conglomerate’s rigid, top-down management culture to promote horizontal communication and increase work efficiency.
No truer words have ever been uttered. Regardless if you work in a creative profession like writing, painting or architecture; or as an entrepreneur trying to find creative new tactics to bring new customers in, innovation’s important in all aspects of running a business. And why take on the entire creative load yourself when you have an entire team you’re paying to bring results to the table?
Het gebeurt regelmatig. Een ogenschijnlijk onschuldige partij betreedt de markt met een aangepast, soms minder functioneel, product en zet de hele markt op zijn kop omdat het er in slaagt de voorkeuren van klanten massaal te veranderen.
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