Innovation Insights

November 17, 2017

Innovation is a fascinating subject. It involves creativity, idea generation, business acumen, perseverance, foresight, and, often, luck. There is neither … Continued

Cognitive Computing and Innovation

September 29, 2017

Whether you call it the Digital Age or the Information Age, we live in an era in which data and … Continued

There is No Golden Path to Innovation

August 28, 2017

Most pundits agree, if companies want to be long-lived, they need to foster continual innovation. In their quest to be … Continued

In Praise of Curiosity, Imagination, and Serendipity

July 25, 2017

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,” Walt Disney once said, “because we’re curious and curiosity … Continued

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge in an Innovative World

July 14, 2017

The world likes to make a distinction between basic and applied knowledge. In recent years, there seems to be more … Continued

Exploring Artificial Intelligence through Co-Innovation

June 28, 2017

NOTE: This article was written by David Cruickshank (@binarimon), Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at the SAP® Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) … Continued

Fostering a Culture of Innovation

June 8, 2017

Most business experts insist (and most corporate leaders believe) developing a culture of innovation is essential for long-term success. They … Continued

Innovation begins (and ends) with the Right Questions

May 24, 2017

Asking questions is one of the traits that makes humans an interesting and creative species. Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly), founding Executive … Continued

Innovation Requires Climbing a Mountain not Traversing a Plateau

May 5, 2017

“Differentiation should be a prime motivator of any strategy,” writes Alejandro Ruelas-Gossi, a professor of strategy at the University of … Continued

Yossi Sheffi, a Supply Chain Leader

April 18, 2017

In addition to posting articles on this blog, I’m also a featured blogger for Supply Chain Insight’s Beet Fusion blog. … Continued

Cognitive Computing in the CPG Sector = Efficiency and Innovation

February 27, 2017

Kraft-Heinz’ recent failed attempt to purchase Unilever for $143 billion dollars is unlikely to be the last news of mergers … Continued

Innovation Requires You to Expand Your World

February 13, 2017

Innovation and creativity are fascinating topics. One can be creative without being innovative; but, one cannot be innovative without being … Continued

Africa Rising: Growth from the Bottom of the Pyramid

February 10, 2017

When westerners read a news story about Africa, the narrative generally involves poverty, disease, conflict and/or bad governance. That constant … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: IBM’s 5 in 5 (Artificial Intelligence Helping make the Invisible Visible)

February 7, 2017

When it comes to interesting predictions, IBM’s 5 in 5: Five innovations that will help change our lives within five … Continued

Trends from the 2017 International CES

January 9, 2017

The annual International CES, formerly known as the International Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas starts each new … Continued

Design Thinking, Innovation, and Business Success

December 14, 2016

Half a dozen years ago, I wrote, “Innovation often starts when an individual with an inquisitive mind bumps up against … Continued

Clay Christensen: At the Intersection of Innovation and Targeted Marketing

November 16, 2016

Have you ever heard of job theory (or the Theory of Jobs to Be Done)? In the coming years, it … Continued

Innovation: Rivals, Challengers, and Defenders

October 28, 2016

When most people think about U.S. military innovations developed during the Cold War, they assume those innovations were the result … Continued

STEM Education Helps Prepare Children for a Project-based World

September 23, 2016

If Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark), CEO of Getting Smart, is correct, we need to start preparing our children for a … Continued

Innovation and the Power of “What If” Thinking

August 9, 2016

It has been nearly two decades since Clayton Christensen’s (@claychristensen) book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, was published. Yet Wall Street Journal … Continued

Innovation in the Digital Age

July 19, 2016

The phrase “May you live in interesting times” is either an English blessing or a Chinese curse. You choose. Whether … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Rise of the Intelligent Enterprise

May 17, 2016

More and more is being written about the need for industrial age organizations to transform themselves into digital enterprises. With … Continued

Innovation is Difficult even for the Best Companies

May 6, 2016

“To be sure,” write McKinsey analysts Marc de Jong, Nathan Marston, and Erik Roth, “there’s no proven formula for success, … Continued

Manufacturing’s Symbiotic Relationship with Technology

April 27, 2016

A million years ago manufacturing was a very personal business. Individuals constructed their own tools and weapons. Those items, however, … Continued

Can Frugal Innovation Save the Global Economy?

April 15, 2016

The global economy is stuck in a malaise. Economists seem uncertain whether this malaise will worsen and plunge the global economy … Continued

Andy Grove, Innovation, STEM Education, and Jobs

April 8, 2016

In March Andy Grove, the former CEO and Chairman of Intel, passed away. Eulogies praising his remarkable life called him … Continued

Philosophical Questions and Innovation Breakthroughs

March 10, 2016

“If we could come up with the next breakthrough technology by sitting around thinking, ‘What will the next break-through technology … Continued

Innovation: Taking the Long View is a Key to Survival

February 5, 2016

Over the past couple of years there have been a number of reality television shows based on the art of … Continued

General Electric Uses “Cool” to Promote STEM Education

January 29, 2016

“As a sprawling conglomerate,” writes Dan Adams (@DanielAdams86), “General Electric is a top producer of brute industrial equipment from locomotives … Continued

International Consumer Electronics Show 2016

January 8, 2016

For techies, January not only ushers in a new year it introduces them to the latest electronic gadgets during the annual … Continued

The Innovation Supply Chain

November 24, 2015

“Innovation is difficult,” writes David Berry (@DavidBerry26), an inventor, entrepreneur, and partner at Flagship Ventures. “If one is willing to … Continued

Innovation and the Future of Work

October 27, 2015

“As the world of work continues to evolve at a rapid pace,” writes Jacob Morgan (@jacobm), an author and futurist, … Continued

Keeping Corporate Innovation Alive

August 13, 2015

Destroying things is always easier and quicker than building them and killing things is always easier and cheaper than keeping … Continued

Globalization, Capitalism, Technology, and Emerging Markets

August 10, 2015

“Capitalism is under attack,” Eric Beinhocker and Nick Hanauer write. “The financial crisis of 2008, the stagnation of the middle … Continued

Enterra/PSC Interns Join Ranks of Young Innovators

July 24, 2015

New ideas can come from people of any age. “Benjamin Franklin invented swim flippers when he was 12 years old. … Continued

Business Innovation: Beyond the Buzz

July 16, 2015

There are a lot of buzzwords used by businesses to try and convince shareholders and customers that they are forward … Continued

Innovation: People, Process, or Both?

June 12, 2015

“What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation,” asks Andrea Ovans, Senior Editor of the Harvard Business Review, “finding creative … Continued

Four Powerful Ideas that Can Spark Innovation

May 11, 2015

In an excellent series of articles about innovation, Rowan Gibson (@RowanGibson) explains how “innovation is — and always has been … Continued

Supply Chain Innovation — Part 2

May 5, 2015

In Part 1 of this two-part discussion of a recent MHI/Deloitte report about supply chain innovation entitled “The 2015 MHI … Continued

Supply Chain Innovation — Part 1

May 4, 2015

“Supply chains face conflicting demands to be better, faster and cheaper,” states a recent report released by MHI and Deloitte. … Continued

Heard of the Maker Movement? You Will.

April 17, 2015

“Ten years from now,” Louise Stewart predicts, “primary and secondary education may look more like a scene from Tim Allen’s … Continued

Innovation and Cognitive Computing

April 14, 2015

“Machine learning is coming into a golden age,” writes Mehrdad Fatourechi (@mehrdadf), CTO of BroadbandTV Corp, “and with it we’re … Continued

Innovation from Cradle to Grave

March 27, 2015

Last summer you might have read about the results of an international report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation … Continued

Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid using Big Data and Innovation

February 6, 2015

“In his seminal work, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” writes Amitava Chattopadhyay (@AmitavaChats), the GlaxoSmithKline Chaired Professor … Continued

Demystifying the Mysteries of Innovation

December 26, 2014

Innovation is one of those terms that you hear frequently but realize doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. “When … Continued

Innovation Requires the Right Team Asking the Right Questions

November 7, 2014

“What if?” asks Mike Myatt (@mikemyatt), a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and Boards. “What if you could reinvent … Continued

When it comes to Innovation are Our Best Days Behind or in Front of Us?

October 17, 2014

“Robert Gordon, a curmudgeonly 73-year-old economist, believes our best days are over,” reports Timothy Aeppel (@TimAeppel). “After a century of … Continued

Urban Agriculture: Feeding Them Where You Find Them

September 30, 2014

“Did you know that some of the largest chapters of agricultural groups like the Future Farmers of America are in … Continued

Innovation Ecosystems

September 25, 2014

In today’s interconnected world, being the best or most innovative company is not enough to ensure success. To be successful, … Continued

Innovation begins with Creativity

August 27, 2014

“‘Creativity’ and ‘innovation’,” writes Nicole Fallon (@nicolefallon90), “are two words that constantly get thrown around in brainstorming sessions, corporate meetings … Continued

How Ideas Spread and Take Hold, Part 2

August 5, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed some of theories about how ideas spread and what makes them … Continued

How Ideas Spread and Take Hold, Part 1

August 4, 2014

“Good ideas and innovation travel easily — and far,” writes John Major. “Historically, these ideas spread along trade routes.” [“Silk … Continued

Innovators and Thinkers

July 18, 2014

Some people might find the title of this article strange or confusing. After all, everybody thinks; especially innovators. Innovators’ minds … Continued

Disruptive Innovation in the Eye of a Storm

June 24, 2014

Over the years, I have periodically referred to the business and educational theories of Clayton Christensen, a renowned Harvard Business … Continued

Generating and Exploiting Ideas

June 20, 2014

“From multiple observations come ideas,” writes Harold Jarche. “From multiple ideas can come new insights.” [“From observation to breakthrough,” 28 … Continued

Consumer Packaged Goods Innovation

May 28, 2014

Last year Kellogg’s was number 54 on Forbes‘ list of innovative companies. Dennis K. Berman wasn’t impressed. “It measures nearly 3 … Continued

Graphene: Wonder Material of the 21st Century

May 16, 2014

If you haven’t ever watched “The Graduate,” the movie that launched Dustin Hoffman’s storied film career, you should. In one … Continued

Innovation: Failure is not a goal

May 1, 2014

There has been a lot written about the notion that a company that fears failure will never be innovative. I … Continued

Creating a Culture of Innovation in Your Company

March 28, 2014

If you want a creative company, you have to do more than hire creative people. You have to provide those … Continued

Innovation: Geniuses and Perseverers

February 27, 2014

In past posts about innovation, I’ve discussed the so-called “myth of the lone genius.” Creativity gurus point out that even … Continued

Innovation: Is Less More?

February 7, 2014

A little over a year ago, Chuck Frey, Senior Editor at, wrote, “Matthew E. May, author of the new book … Continued

Four Lenses and Ten Types of Innovation

December 18, 2013

In a post entitled Innovation Variety: Doblin’s Ten Types of Innovation, I discussed the ten types of innovation identified by … Continued

Innovation Variety: Doblin’s Ten Types of Innovation

November 22, 2013

Larry Keeley, Ryan Pikkel, Brian Quinn, and Helen Walters, innovation consultants at Doblin, created quite a stir when earlier this … Continued

Reminding Ourselves of the Importance of Basic Scientific Research

November 5, 2013

In a post entitled Fostering Genius, I discussed a number of research and academic organizations in and around the Princeton, … Continued

Fostering Genius

October 25, 2013

Eliza Gray tells the fascinating story of The Institute for Advanced Study in an article published in Time. [“The Original … Continued

Packaging and Sustainability

September 6, 2013

Manufacturers and retailers know that packaging serves a number of functions. Good packaging protects the products they contain, attracts the … Continued

Some Thoughts About Disruptive Innovations

August 28, 2013

Helge Tennø, a Digital Director at Dinamo AS in Oslo, Norway, recently penned an interesting blog in which he connected … Continued

Additive Manufacturing and the Future of the Supply Chain

August 20, 2013

Sweeping statements are rarely true. That’s why a headline that declared “Today’s complex global supply chains are poised to be … Continued

The Real, Fake Food You’ve Been Waiting For

August 7, 2013

You might have missed the announcement, but “after three months, $330,000 and a high-profile media blitz, the world’s first hamburger … Continued

China’s Middle Class Consumers

August 2, 2013

Most manufacturers and retailers continue to see enormous potential for growth in China. To become the pot of gold that … Continued

The Benefits of Urbanization on Innovation

August 1, 2013

People continue to flock to cities. Although some migration is forced (see, for example “China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million … Continued

Institutional Innovation

July 26, 2013

Each day, dozens of articles are written about the importance of innovation in the business world. Most companies believe that … Continued

Trends and Technologies that are Going to Change Your Life and Business: Part 3

July 10, 2013

In Parts 1 and 2 of this 4-part series, I discussed some of the trends that are predicted to create … Continued

Trends and Technologies that are Going to Change Your Life and Business: Part 2

July 9, 2013

In Part 1 of this 4-part series on game-changing trends and technologies, I discussed the first ten of twenty-one trends … Continued

Trends and Technologies that are Going to Change Your Life and Business: Part 1

July 8, 2013

For one reason or another, there was a spate of articles written earlier this year about game-changing technologies that could … Continued

Globalization Continues to Define the Business Landscape, Part 2

July 2, 2013

Last March, Pedro Videla, an economics professor at the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra, told an audience … Continued

Trekkies Rejoice! Food Replicators are Coming Soon

June 26, 2013

In the original Star Trek series, meals served to crew members in space came from food synthesizers that, in subsequent … Continued

Cognitive Computing

June 25, 2013

There seems to be some confusion about exactly what the term “cognitive computing” means. S.E. Smith writes, “Cognitive computing refers … Continued

Innovation: Tinkers, Tailors, Soldiers, and Spies

June 21, 2013

The great thing about innovators is that they come in all shapes and sizes. Some pundits believe great innovators share … Continued

Numbers in the City, Part 2

June 14, 2013

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed an emerging movement called quantitative urbanism and how mathematics can be used … Continued

Can Machine Intelligence Emerge from a Single Algorithm?

June 5, 2013

Daniela Hernandez entices us into her Wired article about Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng with this statement, "There's a … Continued

Making Everyone an Innovation Champion

May 30, 2013

Drew Boyd, a professor of marketing and innovation at the University of Cincinnati, believes that if your organization has an … Continued

Intelligence from Chaos

May 16, 2013

Alexander Wissner-Gross, a physicist at Harvard University and a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, and his … Continued

Innovation: Horseless Carriages and New Perspectives

May 15, 2013

“Do you ever wonder why cars aren’t called ‘horseless carriages’ anymore?” asks Ian Gonsher and Deb Mills-Scofield. “Today’s cars are … Continued

Campbell Soup Company Gets Innovative and Personal

May 14, 2013

Recently Campbell Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison took part in Boston’s annual Front End of Innovation conference. [“Campbell Soup CEO … Continued

Same-Day Delivery: Is It Worth the Cost?

May 7, 2013

According to analysts at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), “Same-day delivery, a concept that bombed during the dot-com era of … Continued

Food Security Requires Implementing Complementary Strategies

May 6, 2013

Mankind has been trying to control the weather since the dawn of time. Historically, this intervention has taken the form … Continued

Semantic Web and Semantic Search

April 30, 2013

Sir Timothy “Tim” Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, also coined the term “semantic web” nearly a score of … Continued

Socially Responsible Packaging

April 29, 2013

Bruce Horovitz, a marketing reporter for USA Today, recently penned an article discussing how more companies are becoming socially responsible. … Continued

The Power of Stories

April 19, 2013

Most of us are familiar with tale of Scheherazade, the amazing storyteller of legend who was able to spare her … Continued

Quantum Computing: Is the Future Here?

April 18, 2013

The world of quantum mechanics has one of the strangest landscapes in science. It is the world atomic and sub-atomic … Continued

Gamification and the Future

April 17, 2013

According to Wikipedia, “Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context in order to … Continued

The Road to Singularity: A Dead End?

April 12, 2013

As those familiar with artificial intelligence (AI) or artificial general intelligence (AGI) know, there continues to be a lot of … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 3

April 10, 2013

In the final segment of this three-part series, I want to discuss some of the technological breakthroughs that could help … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 2

April 9, 2013

In Part 1 of this three-part series, I discussed the overall problem of predicted water shortages. In this post, I … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 1

April 8, 2013

In the Part Two of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," the bard discusses the distress of … Continued

Brainstorming: The Idea-generation Technique that Refuses to Die

March 27, 2013

After reading an article by Debra Kaye in Fast Company magazine entitled “Why Innovation By Brainstorming Doesn’t Work,” Jeffrey Phillips … Continued

Robots Learn to Talk to Each Other

March 26, 2013

“As I gaze in the coming year’s crystal ball,” writes Miranda Mulligan, “I suspect that, at this time next year, … Continued