Jo Edwards

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Overcoming Corporate Cultural Barriers to Adopting Open Innovation

Posted by Jo Edwards on Jan 16, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Open innovation is a growing phenomenon. Recent studies show that, for large European and US companies: 78 per cent report practicing open innovation; none report having abandoned the approach; and 82 per cent of practicing companies have increased their focus on open innovation. But what is stopping all companies from taking up the benefits of open innovation? The new ‘paradigm’ of open innovation means changes right across the organization. Here, we look at the arguably the most important of these – company culture – and how to address cultural barriers to open innovation.

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How Crowdsourcing is Changing Education

Posted by Jo Edwards on Dec 28, 2017 8:20:47 AM

In the quarter-century since the first website was published, the internet has changed our lives. Amazon puts access to over 500 million products before us, Spotify lets us stream over 30 million songs and Facebook allows us to connect with over 2 billion people around the world. We know that the web has transformed the way we shop, consume media and socialize. But how much has the power of the online network changed education? In this article, we explore the impact of crowdsourcing on different modes of learning.

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Project Management Considerations for the Open Organization

Posted by Jo Edwards on Dec 12, 2017 9:02:35 AM

Having the right project management tools and techniques are essential for successfully embracing open innovation. As traditional boundaries are crossed, established project management approaches simply don’t provide the kind of tools and techniques that are needed to maximize the multidisciplinary inputs.

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The Living Labs Driving Open Innovation in the Public Sector

Posted by Jo Edwards on Nov 7, 2017 7:13:12 AM

Open innovation is becoming well established as an important business model. But can it be used in public services, creating opportunities for citizens to participate in generating solutions for their communities? We think it has a lot of promise – and we’re not alone. Communities around the world are gathering together to solve a wide range of challenges – health, transport, access to technology, energy, food, and more. To demonstrate the positive impact this approach can have, we explore three initiatives based on the concept of ‘Living Labs’ – “user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on a systematic user co-creation approach integrating research and innovation processes".

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Competitive Advantage Through Open Innovation: Insights from Absorptive Capacity Theory

Posted by Jo Edwards on Oct 10, 2017 9:24:06 AM

In these fast-changing times, the established models of innovation are being challenged. Rather than innovation from within – what’s been called an ‘invent-it-ourselves model’[1] – organizations who want to stay ahead are now looking to adopt different approaches. This article looks at how one such model – open innovation – can contribute to competitive advantage by following three vital steps.

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