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Today’s complex world is turning teamwork into “extreme teaming”

Interesting interview in the MITSloan Management Review with Prof. Amy Edmondson, co-author of a new book entitled “Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-Sector Leadership” (published by Emerald).  In it she argues that increasingly innovation requires specialists from across different fields … Continue reading

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You’ve heard of Ola, Jump, Ofo, Mobike and oBike – of course….

This is an interesting example of how new technology enables the business model to be modified and as a result be very much more profitable.  All of the above are operators of dockless hire bikes, in countries all around the … Continue reading

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Think outside the box – think cylindrical

Leiden has a new car park.  Both in its construction and design it is highly innovative – as this video explains.

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“Please sit down down. I can assure you that your seat is germ free” – says the seat.

Interesting article on the Fortune website discussing how airlines are innovating to make long haul travel more attractive and less stressful.  It focuses on seat manufacturer Recaro, who are designing a seat that will assure passengers that their seat is … Continue reading

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NBA sponsors technology startups

In our book we talk about the factors that influence the innovation process and the impact that external factors can have.  The initiative by the NBA, explained here, is a good example of this.  The Association is partnering with Intel … Continue reading

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EV3 Q3 2018

Many years ago I had a tour of the Morgan Factory in Malvern and test drove one of their iconic cars.   So I’ve always been interested in what they are up to.  Two years ago they announced the EV3 … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Cost benefit analysis of innovations in agriculture

Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) invests in developing and popularising innovations in their industry sector.  Two such innovation projects were swath grazing to feed beef cattle in autumn and winter, and the development of a midge resistant wheat. In the … Continue reading

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3D printing reliant on ‘new’ materials being invented

Interesting article on Manufacturers’ Monthly website, based on an interview with the COO of Australia’s largest 3D printing firm.  ABS was the plastic material used for injection moulding, but this proved to be unsuitable for 3D printing because of uneven … Continue reading

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Robot electric guitars have not halted the guitar makers woes

Attending the IoW Festival in 1969 was a seminal moment in this young man’s life – Dylan The Who, Moody Blues, The Nice, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, et al.  So yesterday’s headline on The Economist website “Is this the end … Continue reading

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The ‘Concept Sprint’ concept (and an anecdote)

In our book we have a Operations Insight about IDEO, the industrial design company that utilised their ‘Deep Dive’ process to develop new products.  This link, on the other hand, takes you to McKinsey’s website, where a young consultant talks … Continue reading

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