Introduction and Overview
Origin of the Process
This week we will examine innovation from a historical perspective, with particular focus on the hard disk drive industry.
This week we will look at the role of individuals in the innovation process, with an emphasis on factors that stimulate innovators within organizations such as Procter & Gamble.
This week we will consider the importance of technical communication for innovation, including the consequences of insufficient communication in a medical instrument corporation.
This week we will explore the integration of different departments (e.g., engineering, marketing, manufacturing) to enhance innovation within organizations such as Rubbermaid.
This week we will expose innovation barriers for organizations separated by space and time, including cultural challenges faced by companies like Unilever.
This week we will investigate how social networks among individuals within organizations, for example high-tech firms, can positively impact information transfer and innovation.
This week we will analyze how alliances, partnerships, and coalitions between organizations, such as NYPRO and Vistakon, can impact the innovation process.
This week we will examine how traditionally innovative organizations, such as Sun Microsystems, effectively manage the innovation process.
This week we will explore how firms can learn to innovate by implementing effective management strategies, including ones used by 3M Corporation.
This week we will look at how firms respond to major innovations in their industry, such as those experienced in biotechnology.
Speaker - Michael Meyer, Product Strategy Practice Leader, IDEO Boston
Standards, Patents, & Open Source
This week we will consider how standards, patents, and the open source movement affect innovation for companies like CompuServe.
Final paper due